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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Journey to the Field of Reeds: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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Ushabti (of a Man Named Tawy?)Ushabti (of a Man Named Tawy?)

Ushabtis are small funerary figurines that were buried with a person in order to act as a worker in the afterlife in place of the deceased. After Osiris judged the deceased’s soul, the ushbati became magically animated and worked in the fields of Osiris on behalf of the deceased. Inscriptions quote the Book of the Dead and identify the deceased.

Ushabti (of a Man Named Tawy?)
Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21–22, ca. 1069–715 B.C.E.

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