National Museum displays ancient Egyptian artifacts

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The National Museum of Korea, located in Yongsan-gu District, central Seoul, is continuing with its exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Shabties were included in many ancient Egyptian tombs, representing an agricultural worker in the afterlife to help the noble.

They were made out of stone, wood, earthenware or metal. One shabty (above), was discovered at the tomb of Amunemhat, a member of the royal family of the New Kingdom. It’s made from limestone, and is both carved and painted.

In some tombs, as many as 360 shabties have been found. It’s believed that there was one to work on each day of the ancient Egyptian year.

Many Egyptian treasures, including mummies, coffins, sculptures and decorations, are on loan from the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and will be exhibited at the National Museum of Korea until April 9.

By Kim Young Shin
Korea.net Staff Writer
Photo: Kim Young Shin
ysk1111@korea.kr

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