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Reused Or Restored? The Wooden Shabti Of Amenemhat In The Brooklyn Museum

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The Brooklyn Museum Egyptian collection includes two very fine shabtis of a certain Amenemhat, an official who lived during the 18th Dynasty. In addition to a limestone shabti and a wooden shabti there is a wooden box. At some point after the publication of James's Corpus, the departmental records in the Brooklyn Museum were altered to date these objects to the "Reign of Thutmose IV to Akhenaten". The shabti-box inscription mentions both Re-Horakhty and the Aten. The two shabtis and the box record Amenemhat's title nine times. Most often, he is merely "the Scribe, Amenemhat".The reuse of funerary objects by Theban officials of the middle rank, like Amenemhat, is an often-noted, but little-analyzed, feature of Theban tomb equipment.

Keywords: Akhenaten; Amenemhat; Brooklyn Museum; limestone shabti; Theban tomb equipment; wooden shabti



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