About this object

This ‘overseer’ shabti wears the projecting triangular apron of daily life and a tripartite wig that has fairly short front lappets. Breasts are faintly indicated in the modelling. The right arm is held across the chest, and holds a whip modelled in relief and painted black. The left arm hangs down by the side of the body. The legs are indicated in the modelling. The back of both figures have a horizontal yoke from which a mystery object is suspended, both elements being added in black. The shabti has a vertical column of inscription that starts on the chest and extends down the front of the apron: "The Osiris, Hor-pen-Iset". From Cemetery E, tomb 269 and one of six shabtis of Hor-Pen-Ist in World Museum.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 22)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Transferred from Gilstrap Public Library and Municipal Museum, 1952
  • Collector
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1911 - 1913
  • Measurements
    116 mm x 40 mm x 32 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir Hr-pn-As.t, "The Osiris, Hor-pen-Iset".
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  • El Arabah: A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Temenos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Egyptian Research Account
    Date: 1901
    Description: Publication of the Egyptian Research Account's excavations at the cemeteries in the Abydos region, 1900. The title of the book "el Arabah" takes its name from the nearby modern town name. Garstang's fieldwork report is accompanied by notes made by Percy Newberry (on the hieroglyphic inscriptions) and J. Grafton Milne (on the Greek graffiti).


  • Egyptian Research Account Excavations at Abydos 1900 - 1901

    Start date: 1900
    End date: 1900
    Description: Excavations directed by John Garstang at Abydos for the Egyptian Research Account. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The museum subscribed to the 1900 - 1901 excavation season and received X finds that were accessioned on 24 September 1900, accession series Bibliography: John Garstang, 'El Arabah: A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Temenos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety' (London, 1901).


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