Funerary Figure of Isis, Singer of the Aten

New Kingdom, Amarna Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122

This funerary figure belonged to a woman who had the title Singer of the Aten, the god worshipped by Akhenaten. Althought similar to a shabti, this figure is not inscribed with chapter six of the Book of the Dead (the shabti spell) and makes no mention of the funerary god Osiris. In a seeming paradox, but one that speaks of the strong psychological and cultural ties of ordinary Egyptians to the traditional religion, the owner is called Isis, the name of the great funerary goddess who was the wife of Osiris. The facial features, including the so-called "sfumato" eyes, closely resemble the style of Amarna.

Funerary Figure of Isis, Singer of the Aten, Limestone

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