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Zoom Poster - Shabti of Pharaoh Sety I (detail)

Poster - Shabti of Pharaoh Sety I (detail)



This A3 poster features a detail of an artefact in the Pharaoh exhibition.

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Printed on 280 gsm Knight Vellum
Standard A3 size measuring 29.7 x 42cm
Made in Melbourne and exclusive to NGV design store

About the artwork

The word shabti means ‘one who answers’, meaning the call to work. This mummiform figure of Pharaoh Sety I was placed in his tomb to magically spare the pharaoh from menial labour in the afterlife, as it was a requirement of every person, even the king, to produce their own food. This figure carries the standard implements of a hoe in each hand and a basket over its back. The lower half of the figure is inscribed with Chapter 6 from the Book of the Dead, which enabled the shabti to accomplish its tasks.

Shabti of Pharaoh Sety I 19th Dynasty, reign of Sety I, about 1294–1279 BCE, Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Sety I © The Trustees of the British Museum

Poster - Shabti of Pharaoh Sety I (detail)



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