Shabti of Siptah

New Kingdom, Ramesside

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124

Siptah, the last king of Dynasty 19, appears to have ruled along with the dowager queen Tawosret, who succeeded him briefly after his premature death. He left few monuments except his tomb and unfinished mortuary temple.

This alabaster shabti of the king was found in his tomb by the American excavator Theodore Davis. Shabti figures were placed in burials. They were usually inscribed with spells that allowed them to substitute for the deceased in performing manual labor in the afterlife.

Shabti of Siptah, Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint

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