Our correspondence with Ankh Hap, the original Museum mummy, continues this week with a discussion of ushabtis — miniature funerary figurines placed in ancient Egyptian tombs and meant to take the place of the deceased should they be called upon to perform any manual labor in the afterlife.
Apparently one can’t even count on death as a reprieve from hard work! And according to Ankh Hap, one doesn’t know luxury until one knows the benefits of an ushabti army.
For more of Emails from the Other Side, review past Beyond Bones posts here.
Meet Ankh Hap in-person and survey his new digs when the Hall of Ancient Egypt opens next week!