Ancient Egyptian “Ushabti” figures open to visitors



The 2,700-year-old Oushabti statuettes used in funeral rituals in ancient Egypt and found during archaeological excavations in western Turkey began to be exhibited for the first time at the Izmir Archaeological Museum.

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Oushabti figurines, small statuettes made of wood, stone or earthenware, are often found in large numbers in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Three ceramic Ushabti figurines found in Anatolia are on display for their guests at the museum.

Aiming to present a different artifact to local and foreign visitors each month, the Izmir Archaeological Museum brought the Nile breezes to Turkey in September.

The statuettes were transferred from the Istanbul Archaeological Museum to the Izmir Archaeological Museum in the 1930s. The statuettes are believed to have been buried in tombs in Egypt for the purpose of serving their owners as slaves in the afterlife .

Kept for around 80 years in the warehouses of the Izmir Archaeological Museum, the figurines bear witness to long-standing commercial and cultural relations between Egypt and Anatolia.

The figurines, with hieroglyphic inscriptions saying “ready for the calls to duty of the gods,” will remain open to visitors in the treasury room of the Izmir Archaeological Museum until the end of the month.

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“We know that Anatolia and Egypt have had very important and deeply rooted relations in the fields of politics, culture, art and commerce in every period of history,” Hünkar said. Keser, director of the Izmir Archaeological Museum, at the Anadolu State Agency. Agency.

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