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Shabti of Seniu

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Amenhotep I–Thutmose III
ca. 1525–1504 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Meketre Valley, radim near Cliff Tomb (MMA 1021), MMA excavations, 1918–19
Glazed steatite, paint
H. 27.3 cm (10 3/4 in); w. 8 cm (3 1/8 in); d. 5 cm (1 15/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
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.
Museum excavations, 1918-1919 season. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1919.

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