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Shabti Shrine

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
wood, paint
H. 39 cm (15 3/8 in.); w. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); d. 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.8.59a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
This painted shabti box was found in the tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu in the Valley of the Kings. 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. Three exquisitely carved shabtis (30.8.56–.58) in the collection and a second shabti box (30.8.60) are also from this tomb.
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. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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