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Shabti Box of Nany

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
reign of Psusennes I
ca. 1050 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), first corridor, MMA excavations, 1928–29
Sycomore, stucco, paint
L. 33 cm (13 in); w. 20 cm (7 7/8 in); h. 18 cm (7 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Seven shabti boxes were interred with Nany; five came to New York in the division of finds (30.3.26-.30), two of them are now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. All are made of sycamore wood and have high ends and flat lids. A white stucco wash was applied after the lids were closed. The shabtis, made of faience, were packed tightly in each box, in an upright position. They are of two types: foremen and workmen, with a ratio of one forman to ten workers (see 30.3.28a-h). This box contained 5 formen and 63 workmen.
Excavated in the tomb of Queen Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), 1928-29. Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the division of Finds, 1930.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 202.

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