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Egyptian Faience Ushabti (Funerary Sculpture)

Third Intermediate: Twenth-first Dynasty
1080 BCE to 946 BCE

3 11/16 in. x 1 1/8 in. x 11/16 in. (9.4 cm x 2.9 cm x 1.8 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: F.58
Other Number(s): 1477 (American Exploration Society)
Geography: Africa, Egypt, Abydos
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts
Culture/Nationality: Egyptian
Findspot: Abydos

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  • Egyptian - Refers to the styles and culture that developed in antiquity in the Nile Valley in the area of modern-day Egypt and southwards. For the cultures and styles of the modern nation of Egypt, use "Egypt (modern)."
  • faience - Ancient objects made from a composite material consisting of a body of sintered quartz coupled with an alkaline glaze surface. Faience was used for decorating beads, amulets, figurines, and other small objects. Invented in Mesopotamia or Iran ca. 4500 BCE, the production of faience continued until the mid-7th century CE. It is distinguished from later European earthenware, which is known by the same name.
  • North African - Styles and cultures of the African peoples living in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania.
  • ushabti - Small ancient Egyptian figures of stone, wood, or clay that were placed in tombs, often in large numbers, for the purpose of serving the deceased in the afterlife. The term is derived from ancient Egyptian and is usually translated as "answerer." During the New Kingdom (1539-1075 BCE) the figures were made to resemble the tomb owner by being fashioned in the form of a mummy bearing the owner's name.

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  • Owner Name: Petrie excavations at Abydos
    Role: Excavator
    Place: Abydos, Egypt
    Acquisition Method: Excavated
    Disposal Method: Partage to the American Exploration Society of Philadelphia
    Ownership End Date: 1902

  • Owner Name: American Exploration Society
    Role: Recipient
    Place: Egypt and Philadelphia
    Acquisition Method: Partage of Petrie excavations at Abydos
    Ownership Start Date: 1902
    Ownership End Date: 1907

  • Owner Name: American Exploration Society
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, PA
    Acquisition Method: Partage of Petrie excavations at Abydos
    Disposal Method: Dontated to Bryn Mawr College
    Ownership Start Date: 1902
    Ownership End Date: 1907

  • Owner Name: Bryn Mawr College
    Role: Recipient
    Place: Bryn Mawr, PA
    Acquisition Method: Donated by the American Exploration Society
    Ownership Start Date: 1907

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