A Pair of Egyptian Pottery Ushabti Figures An Overseer & Worker
C. 1190 BC, 19th – 20th Dynasty – Late New Kingdom Period
An interesting pair of pottery ushabti’s (meaning answerers) with both arms folded, wearing tripartite wigs and decorated with yellow painted faces and red painted linear patterns to upper body. One figure is a worker and the other is depicted as an overseer wearing a skirt, who was responsible for a group of workers and usually hold whips resting across the upper arms.
The ushabti was a funerary figure in mummified form, which would have been placed in Egyptian tombs to do any work required by the deceased in the afterlife.
Some small chips to surfaces otherwise intact with nice colour.
Provenance: Ex Dutch Private collection, Twents Veilinghuis. Ex J. Bird Collection.
Overseer: 140mm height
Worker: 143mm height