Shabtis are what Egyptian pharaohs put in their tomb when they died. Egyptians believe that when you die you go to the afterlife and when the pharaohs arrived there, they would want slaves. That is what the shabtis represent. Shabtis are like miniature statue of a slave at the height of 10-15cm long. Some shabtis are longer and bigger then others, some has more designs
the others. There are a lot of materials to make shabtis but the first ones were made from wood. After that came clay, copper, limestone, wax, metal, steatite, alabaster, earthenware, mud, terracotta, bronze, ebony, glass.
Shabtis were first made in the early 1292-1190 B.C, at the time of the New Kingdom. The few first shabtis had words or spells to transport slaves to the afterlife and to be the slaves or workers for the pharaohs. There are different ways to say and spell shabtis, for example: shawabtis, ushabti, ushebty and shabtis.
These are pictures of shabtis