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SHABTIS
2181 BC
2040
1782
1570
1070
525
332
30 BC
Ptolemaic-shabti.jpg
Ptolemaic Period

During the Ptolemaic Period (330-30 BC) funerary statuettes became less
well made before disappearing altogether as religious ideology began to change. A typical example is shown here (1).

In general, shabtis of this period are rudimentary in their execution and are often uninscribed.

In addition to crude faience examples, bi-chrome glazed faience shabtis are found during this period after being introduced during the 30th Dynasty although examples also existed at earlier times too. These are characterised by having wigs and sometimes the inscription in a darker blue than the rest of the figure. The glaze is often thickly applied. Inscriptions on Ptolemaic Period shabtis are often full of errors.
1. Faience anonymous ushebti
Late Period, 30th Dynasty - Ptolemaic Period c. 380-30 BC