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Ancient Egypt: Shabtis

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
This is a collection of shabtis, which were small images of people that had been cast with a spell and buried with notable ancient Egyptians. The spells were meant to get the figure to carry out manual labor or specific tasks in the afterlife. You may notice some shabtis carry a whip, indicating that they are "overseers" of ten laborers. As you look through these images, think about what kinds of characteristics they all have in common. What differences do you see? Pay attention to materials used to make them, size, and images or depictions on the shabtis.

Shabti

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Ushabti

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Shabti

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Shabti

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Small Shabtis

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Shabti, Mummy Model Of Alabaster

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Model Coffin & Shabti

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Shabti

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