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Shabti figure from Amarna

 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: Shabti figure from Amarna Reply with quote

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Funeral servants, shabtis have also been found. Their presence remains a mystery as they are an Osirian practice and Osiris was totally banned in the Armarnian religion.


(Source http://www.osirisnet.net)



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This red quartzite Shabti head was found in the Royal tomb at Akhetaten. It is one of many smashed Shabti figures found at the site, possibly destroyed in the later attempts to remove all traces of the Atenist 'heresy'
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(Source http://www.akhet.co.uk/amarna/nmsakhe.htm)


Does anybody else have any infomation.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Several shabtis of Akhnaten were found in Amarna:
http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/detail.aspx?id=1411

Also interesting is one shabti of Nefertiti.

I'm not aware of any shabtis for Meketaten (who was definitely buried in the royal tomb) or shabtis for any of the other princesses.
Nor are there any shabtis found for Kiya that would indicate she was buried in the royal tomb.

I'm not sure why they would have had shabtis. I'm not sure what was supposed to happen to the deceased in the Amarna Theology.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anneke wrote:
Also interesting is one shabti of Nefertiti.

A part from a shabti at the BMA bears the cartouche of Nefertiti. Loeben believes that another part (non contiguous) at the Louvre was another component of the same shabti. Bovot, a Louvre specialist on shabtis, thinks they belong to two different Amarna queens. The Louvre does not know where its part comes from.

J-L.Bovot, 1999 ‘Un shaouabti pour deux reines amarniennes' Egypte Afrique & Orient 13
C.Loeben, 1999 ‘Une inhumation de la grande épouse Néfertiti à Amarna’ Egypte Afrique & Orient 13
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello !

Paris (AF 9904) :




New York (acc.no. 33.51) :




Reconstruction by Loeben & Jonson :




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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anneke wrote:
I'm not sure what was supposed to happen to the deceased in the Amarna Theology.
The 'Nether World' is mentionned in the Aten Hymn (see Weigall, Akhnaton p.133).
AFAIK Akhenaten left no indication of his perception of the after life.
One speculation is that the deceased visit the living in the day and return in his tomb at night.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Lutz for those great pictures

Gerard:

This is an interesting point, is it possible that he didn't believe in an afterlife, and believed that you just died. This could cause everyone to hate him more so than him changing to Aten.
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