Shabti Box of Yuya, Painted wood

Shabti Box of Yuya

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), Davis/Quibell & Weigall excavations, 1905
Painted wood
H. 35.5 cm (14 in.); w. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.8.60a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This painted shabti box is inscribed for a man named Yuya whose daughter, Tiye became the principal queen of Amenhotep III. Although not of royal lineage, as in-laws of the king, Yuya and his wife Tjuyu were given a sumptuous burial in the royal cemetery now known as the Valley of the Kings. Their tomb (KV 46) was discovered in 1905 by Theodore M. Davis, an American businessman from Rhode Island. Because the tomb was intact, having escaped detection by ancient robbers, the majority of the objects were retained by the Egyptian Antiquities Service and are now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, Davies was allowed to keep a small portion of the finds which he later bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum.

Three shabtis (30.8.56–.58) a second shabti box (30.8.60a, b), a group of shabti tools (30.8.61–64), a pair of sandals (10.184.1a, b), and two sealed storage jars (11.155.7, .9) from Yuya and Tjuyu’s tomb are also in the Museum's collection.
Theodore M. Davis Excavations by Quibell and Weigall, 1905. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds, 1905. Theodore M. Davis Collection 1905-1015. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 261, 263, fig. 158.