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Royal Shabti of Pinudjem I

Place of production Thebes (Deir el-Bahri), Egypt
Date 11th century B.C.
Object type tomb equipment
Medium, technique Egyptian faience

10.4 × 3.5 × 2 cm

Inventory number 51.2224
Collection Egyptian Art
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Ancient Egypt, Funerary beliefs

The details of the face, the tripartite wig and the tools held by the figure are all marked with black painting on this dark blue, mummy-shaped statuette. In the short inscription on its front side, the name of the owner, Pinudjem I can be read. After the death of the last Ramesside ruler anarchy broke out in Egypt and the disintegration of the central power, a process that had started in the lifetime of the king, came full circle. The city of Tanis at the Nile Delta became the capital of the new (Twenty-first) dynasty. Thebes and the southern part of the country were ruled by the Amun-priesthood. Some of the High Priests, such as Pinudjem, claimed the rights of the pharaoh for themselves and recorded their names on monuments as rulers. The burial of Pinudjem I and his family was placed in a cachette at Deir el-Bahari which was discovered at the end of the nineteenth century.

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