Shawabty of Pinudjem I, High Priest of Amen and King

Shawabty of Pinudjem I, High Priest of Amen and King

c. 990-969 BC

Bright blue faience with purple details

Overall: 11 x 3.6 x 2.5 cm (4 5/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.582



This small mummiform funerary figurine was a surrogate for the deceased that performed menial tasks for its owner in the afterlife. Mold-made and decorated with paint, this shawabty contains the name of a king within a cartouche. The vibrant blue color occurs during the firing process as a chemical reaction with the pigments in the faience paste, in this case added copper.

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