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Archeological Object

Ushabti of Seti I

Ushabti of Seti I

The ushabti are represented with a tripartite wig and have their arms crossed over the chest with their hands bearing agricultural tools. In the area of the legs are carved lines of hieroglyphics which bear the VI chapter of the Book of the Dead, which refers to the ability of these figurines come alive and respond to the deceased that conjures up to help in farm work. The formula contains the cartouches with the  name of Seti I. The statuettes were covered with bitumen with the practical function of protecting the wood and the symbolism of rebirth in the afterlife. Known as the tomb of this king was found ransacked by Giovanni Belzoni, but inside there were many ushabti of wood with bitumen and of faïence which today are scattered in many museums.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 934-939
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

King Valley, Thebes, tomb No 17

  Definizione: Funerary statuette
  Class and ware: Funerary furnishings
  Title or subject:

Ushabti of Seti I

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XIX Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Wood
  Height: 13,8
  Varie: Conservation status Discreet: two figurines lack the toes, some have no nose and there are chips

1974, Aubert J.F., “Statuettes égyptiennes, chauabtis, Paris p.79 tav.10-13

1974,  Curto S., “Antichità egizie a Casale Monferrato” in “Quarto Congresso d’Antichità e d’Arte 1969”, Casale Monferrato, p. 196

1987, Leospo E., “La raccolta Egizia del Vidua” in Romagnini G.P., “Carlo Vidua, viaggiatore e collezionista (1785-1830)”, Casale Monferrato, p. 40

2009, Cortese V. in Einaudi S. (a cura di),  “Egitto nascosto. Collezioni e collezionisti dai Musei Piemontesi” Cinisello Balsamo, pp. 80-81, scheda 42