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to be condemned to sow the fields, to fill the canals with water,
The breasts of sepulchral figures of this period are sometimes
green, brown, and red glazed faïence figures appear during the at various XVIIIth dynasty, and continue until the XXVIth dynasty, by epochs.
which time this substance has taken the place of stone, wood,
become very small and bear no inscriptions whatever.
chapter of the Book of the Dead, which appears on them in
The second form (Mariette, Catalogue, p. 58) reads :
The third form, which agrees with the text of the 6th chapter found in papyri of the XXVIth dynasty, reads :
åm behold, be there smtten down for him obstructions there for a person
māku - å
That is to say, the deceased addresses each figure and says, “O ushabtiu figures, if the Osiris,” that is, the deceased, "is decreed to do any work whatsoever in the underworld, may all obstacles be cast down in front of him!” The figure answers and says, “Here am I ready whenever thou callest.” The deceased next says, “O ye figures, be ye ever watchful to work, to plough and sow the fields, to water the canals, and to carry sand from the east to the west.”
The figures reply, “ Here am I ready when thou callest.”
The 6th chapter of the Book of the Dead, which also forms a part of the 151st chapter, is part text and part a representation of the chamber in which the deceased in his coffin is laid. In the representation of the funereal chamber which accompanies the 15 Ist chapter of the Book of the Dead, two ushabtiu figures only are shown, and the same text is written by the side of each of them. See Naville, Das Todtenbuch, Bl. clxxiii, Einleitung, p. 180.