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Archeological Object

Ushabti of Ramses

Statue with the clothing of the scribe Ramses

A little ushabti statue or "the respondent” according to the sixth chapter of the Book of Dead, that the statue carries on six lines on the back and sides of the skirt. The chapter refers to the possibility of these figurines to become animated and respond to the deceased who he evokes to help him in the hard work that also in the afterlife requires the work of the fields. On the front band of the skirt one finds the formula "the Osiris shines " followed by the name and title of Ramesses, the scribe of the table of offerings to the Lord of the Two Lands. The fact that ushabti has the living dress instead of having the most common mummiform form indicates that it belongs to the group of team leaders. In fact, in every grave there might be many ushabti; often the number is 365 mummiforms, one for each day of the year plus the 36 team leaders, who are distinguished precisely by the fact that they wear clothes as if alive. The collection also contains a mummiform ushabti belonging to the deceased.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 203
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
  Definizione: Funerary statuette
  Class and ware: Funerary furnishings
  Title or subject:

Ushabti with the clothing of the scribe Ramses

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XIX Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Stone
  Height: 17
  Varie: Conservation status: good.

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, p. 83