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Egyptian faience ushabti for “Padiusir”, Late period, 26th-30th dinasty, 646-343 B.C.

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The ushabtis are small mummiform figures representing the deceased himself, whose name means "those who respond" because they would perform those works that were ordered by their lord in the afterlife The ushabtis arise in the Middle Empire, in the beginning were made of persea wood. Their rapid popularization caused them to start mass production, using other simpler techniques and less manuals to cover the demand. In some tombs you could find up to 365 for the day and 365 for the night, so that his lord, the deceased, did not lack help for all eternity. These ushebtis could be arranged in boxes or even one representing them all. The ancient Egyptians believed in the magic of sculptures and words, so for them these magical figures would accompany them to their eternal life and once there they would come to life and serve him faithfully. Its inscription reads: "May the Osiris of the priest of (the goddess) Smentet, Padiusir, and of the temple of Ptah-Un in Heracleopolis be illuminated! Born of Mrs. Irtbinat, just of voice (justified). He (refers to Padiusir) says: Oh! These ushabtis. If it is decreed (in the sense of: if required) The Osiris of the priest of Smentet, Padiusir; to do (all) the works that must be done in the Hereafter, I am here! You will say, to tear down obstacles, to cultivate fields, to irrigate riparian lands and to transport sand from East to West and vice versa, here I am! You will say." This magnificent ushebti is consecrated to a priest of the goddess Smentet and the temple of Ptah in Heracleopolis, a great character, so his ushebti has a religious design very careful and poetic.


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