Shabti of Seniu

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117

The shabti of the chief steward and scribe Seniu is a particularly fine example of this type of funerary figurine from the early New Kingdom. It is inscribed with the spell ensuring that the shabti will perform certain kinds of labor for the deceased in the afterlife. This work included maintenance of irrigation canals, and cultivation of the fields.

The shabti was discovered during excavations by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition. It had been broken and mended in antiquity suggesting that it was valued by its owner.

Shabti of Seniu, Glazed steatite, paint

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