About this object

A shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig that has long front lappets that are of unequal length, and the dress of daily life, comprising of a long, protruding triangular–shaped apron. A tunic does not seem to be worn as sleeves are not indicated. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist. The hands, which are quite large, do not carry implements or amulets as are sometimes found on shabtis wearing the dress of daily life. There is no basket on the back. The face of the shabti is rounded in shape, and the details are only summarily defined in the modelling. The face is flanked by a large pair of asymmetrically positioned ears. The right ear is broader than the left. The body of the figure has five horizontal bands of an incised inscription, and a vertical column on the front of the apron. The owner is named as Tenro, followed by a version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Translation of the inscription: "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Tenro, justified"; "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Tenro, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if you are reckoned, if ?? to do all the works that are to be done in the realm of the dead – to cultivate the fields".

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Bubastis
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1186 BC (Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
    Sandstone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from J. Möger, 1969
  • Collector
    Frederick George Hilton Price
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Bubastis
  • Date collected
    1897 before
  • Measurements
    255 mm x 100 mm x 75 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription:

    Horizontal inscription:
    sHD Wsir tnr mAa-xrw Dd.f i SAbty ipn ir hsb.tw iry ipn r ir(.t) kA.t nb.t r ir (im) m Xrt-nTr r srwD sx.t, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Tenro, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if you are reckoned, if ?? to do all the works that are to be done in the realm of the dead – to cultivate the fields.

    Vertical inscription:
    sHD Wsir tnr mAa-[xrw], "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Tenro, justified".
  • Related people
    Johan Möger (Previous owner); Frederick George Hilton Price (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of F. G. Hilton Price Dir. S.A. (1897)

    Hilton Price, F G

    Author: Hilton Price, F G
    Publisher: Quaritch, Bernard
    Date: 1897
    Description:

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • The Shabti Collections volume 6: a Selection from World Museum, Liverpool

    Janes, Glenn

    Author: Janes, Glenn
    Publisher: Olicar House Publications
    Date: 2016
    Description: Lavishly illustrated catalogue of inscribed and excavated shabtis from the collection of World Museum, Liverpool, with a six page foreword by the curator, Ashley Cooke, describing the history of the collection . For more details visit the publisher's website: http://www.shabtis.com/liverpoolcatalogue.php

Events

  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 12 - 21 July 1911

    Start date: 1911-07-12
    End date: 1911-07-12
    Description: Sale of a large collection of Egyptian antiquities sold by Frederick George Hilton Price, an English banker and antiquary who formed a large collection of Egyptian antiquities.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Johan Möger

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1969
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Frederick George Hilton Price

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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