Egypt in South Africa

Ushabtis

 
The ancient Egyptians believed that the gods might call upon them to work, just as the king had done in real life. To make certain that nothing like everyday chores would spoil their peaceful Afterlife, the Egyptians provided an adequate supply of servants. Little figurines called ushabtis were placed in their tombs. These little workers had to answer every time they were called upon to perform a chore, and since the Egyptian word for answer is ‘usheb’, they were called ushabtis.
Ushabti (c) Iziko Photo Archive