In ancient Egypt, a small statue placed in the tomb of a dead person.
were intended to act as substitute workers for the deceased should he be called upon to do manual labor. The name means “answerer”, and they were to answer to the pharaoh’s demands. They were used from the Middle Kingdom, around 1900 BC, until the end of the Ptolemaic Period nearly 2000 years later. They were placed in the tomb of the corpse to help them in the afterlife.

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