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shawabti

[ shuh-wab-tee ]
/ ʃəˈwæb ti /
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noun

a figurine placed in an ancient Egyptian tomb to serve as a slave for the soul or as a substitute for the soul in performing forced labor.

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Origin of shawabti

1920–25; <Egyptian šwʾbt(y), later known as wšbty literally, answerer; perhaps derivative of šw'b kind of wood
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  • Each figure is also inscribed with the usual shawabti text in horizontal lines across the front and sides of the body.

    Five Years' Explorations at Thebes|George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Carnarvon
  • A group of broken shawabti figures, blue faience, of Zed-Khensu-auf-ankh.

    Five Years' Explorations at Thebes|George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Carnarvon
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