This ushebti is dedicated to a priest of the goddess Smentet and the temple of Ptah in Heracleopolis, a great character, so his ushebti has a very careful and poetic religious design.
The ancient Egyptians believed in the magic of the sculptures and words, so for them these magical figures would accompany them to their eternal life and once there would come alive and serve him faithfully.
The inscription says: "May the Osiris of the priest of (the goddess) Smentet, Padiusir, and of the temple of Ptah-Un in Heracleópolis be illuminated! Born of the lady Irtbinat, righteous in voice (justified). He (refers to Padiusir) says: Oh! these ushebtis. If it is decreed (in the sense of: if required) the Osiris of the priest of Smentet, Padiusir; to do (all) the works that must be done in the Hereafter, I am here! You will say, to remove the obstacles, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the riverside lands and to transport the sand from East to West and vice versa, I am here! You will say."
Provenance: Private collection, Asia/ J. Bagot Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2015
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- Ancient Egyptian
- ushabti for Padiusir, 13 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- 646-343 B.C. (Late Period, 26th-30th Dinasty)
- Good Condition, See Photo