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Ushabti

The ushabti was a funerary figurine used in ancient Egyptian religion. The Egyptological term is derived from Ancient Egyptian: wšbtj, which replaced earlier šwbtj the nisba of šwꜣb "Persea tree". Ushabtis were placed in tombs among the grave goods and were intended to act as servants or minions for the deceased, should they be called upon to do manual labor in the afterlife; the figurines carried a hoe on their shoulder and a basket on their backs, implying they were intended to farm for the deceased. They were written on by the use of hieroglyphs found on the legs, they carried inscriptions asserting their readiness to answer the gods' summons to work. The practice of using ushabtis originated in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, with the use of life-sized reserve heads made from limestone, which were buried with the mummy. Most ushabtis were of minor size, many produced in multiples – they sometimes covered the floor around a sarcophagus. Exceptional ushabtis are of larger size. Due to the ushabti's commonness through all Egyptian time periods, world museums' desire to represent ancient Egyptian art objects, the ushabti is one of the most represented objects in Egyptology displays.

Produced in huge numbers, along with scarabs, are the most numerous of all ancient Egyptian antiquities to survive. The term shabti applies to these figures prior to the Twenty-first Dynasty of Egypt, but only after the end of the First Intermediate Period, only to those figurines inscribed with Chapter Six of the Book of the Dead. Otherwise, they might better be defined by the generic term "funerary figurines". Shabtis were servant figures, it was necessary for the owner's name to be inscribed on an ushabti, along with a phrase sending them to action, written in the hieratic script. The shawabti were a distinct class of funerary figurines within the area of Thebes during the New Kingdom; the term ushabti became prevalent after the 21st Dynasty and remained in use until the Ptolemaic Kingdom. It is thought by some that the term ushabti meant "follower" or "answerer" in Ancient Egyptian, because the figurine "answered" for the deceased person and performed all the routine chores of daily life for its master in the afterlife that the gods had planned for them, although it would be difficult to reconcile this derivation with the form shawabti.

Ushabti inscriptions contain the 6th chapter of the Book of the Dead, translated as: Illumine the Osiris, whose word is truth. Hail, Shabti Figure! If the Osiris be decreed to do any of the work, to be done in Khert-Neter, let everything which standeth in the way be removed from him- whether it be to plough the fields, or to fill the channels with water, or to carry sand from the East to the West; the Shabti Figure replieth: "I will do it, verily I am here when thou callest".. In rare cases different chapters of the Book of the Dead are written. Furthermore, ushabtis mention the name and the titles of the owner, without the spells of the Book of the Dead. Before being inscribed on funerary figurines, the spell was written on some mid-Twelfth Dynasty coffins from Deir el-Bersha and is known today as spell 472 of the Coffin Texts. Mentioned first in spell 472 of the Coffin Texts, they were included in the grave goods of the dead as small figurines since the reign of Mentuhotep II of the 11th Dynasty.

Some think that they may have symbolically replaced human sacrificial burials, called retainer sacrifices, a somewhat improbable theory as centuries had passed between the last known sacrificial burials and the appearance of the ushabtis. They were distinguished from other statuettes by being inscribed with the name of the deceased, his titles, with spell 472 of the Coffin Texts or the speech of the ushabti figure found in Chapter Six of the Book of the Dead. In the 18th Dynasty during the reign of Akhenaten, the figurines were inscribed with an offering addressed to the sun disk, rather than the traditional speech of the ushabti figure; the ushabti was believed to magically animate after the dead had been judged, work for the dead person as a substitute labourer in the fields of Osiris. From the New Kingdom onwards, it was referred to as servant. From the 21st Dynasty on, ushabtis became numerous in graves. In some tombs the floor was covered with a great many ushabti figurines. At times, several hundred ushabti were placed in a deceased Ancient Egyptian's tomb, but pharaohs had more of these servants than commoners, king Taharqa had more than a thousand.

Some tombs contained overseer or'reis' ushabtis holding a whip, which were responsible for groups of ten ushabti each -. These overseers became rare during the Late Period; the tomb of Tutankhamun had a large number of ushabtis of varying sizes, most were ornate, with hieroglyph statements. They were divided into groups: gold-foiled. Ushabtis were mummiform, but during the Dynasty XVIII reign of Thutmose IV, they began to be fashioned as servants with baskets and other agricultural tools; some ushabtis were ornate in form, in colour, when made of enamel. They were made of clay and stone and early ones were sometimes made from wax. Figurines were

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