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These are shabtis. They are from a grave in Dra Abu el Naga, Thebes.

Only a few of the 403 shabtis survive. They were made of fired clay and were very fragile. The archaeologists excavated all 403, but only a few were given to the Bristol Museum collection. Shabtis were used to do the work of the deceased in the Afterlife. They answered to the dead person’s name and did their work for them. They were found in vast numbers in Egypt.


These are shabtis. They are made from clay. They are almost 3,000 years old, dating from the 22nd Dynasty (about 945-715 BCE) in the Third Intermediate period.

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