Shabti Figures

Ancient Egyptians believes in the afterlife, and the shabti figures were meant to take on the deceased persons job, such as working in the fields. Their deep belief in living on after death, leads them to create a figure that resembles themselves to carry on their daily life. 

This shabti figure is one of the earliest ones found. Its purpose was to work for the mummified after their death in the afterlife. It was created out of wax, stone, linen, and mud, and they were made to resemble the mummies. This figure is from the 11th dynasty during the reign of Mentuhotep, around 2020 BC. It is 18.4 cm in length.
http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/aes/e/early_shabti_figure_in_a_model.aspx   

Some other shabti figures were made out of different materials such as wood. Some tombs contained more shabti figures than others. Sometimes the purpose of these shabti figures were to accompany the king into the afterlife. http://www.akhet.co.uk/shabti.htm

The box served as a miniature coffin for the shabti figures.This shabti box is from the tomb of Henutmehyt at Thebes, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, around 1250 BC . It’s dimensions are 33.5cm by 19.2cm by 33.2 cm.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_image.aspx?image=ps328054.jpg&retpage=15595  this shabti box is from the tomb of Henutmehyt at Thebes, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, around 1250 BC . It’s dimensions are 33.5cm by 19.2cm by 33.2 cm.