variants or less commonly shawabti
plural ushabti
or ushabtis
or ushabtiu
: a small figure deposited in an ancient Egyptian tomb with the mummy generally bearing inscriptions from the Book of the Dead and representing servants expected to do certain agricultural labors required of the deceased in the land of the dead

Word History


Egyptian wšbty, literally, answerer

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“Ushabti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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