About this object

Green glaze faience shabti in the form of a mummy inscribed for Padi-Isis. He wears a striated tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold hoe in the left, and a pick in the right. The implements are very well modelled in relief. The hoe has a twisted wiry tie. The right hand also holds the twisted rope rope of a well defined, round bottomed basket that is suspended behind the left shoulder. The head of the shabti leans slightly to the left, and although the nose is a little rubbed, the face is finely modelled. The eyes are almond–shaped with cosmetic lines in relief. The eye brows are also rendered in relief. The shabti stands against a dorsal pillar, and upon a trapezoidal base. Nine horizontal bands of hieroglyphic text give the name of the owner, Padi-Isis (Pa-dj-Aset), and his mother, Asetempemose (Ast-m-p-ms), followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Translation of the inscription: The Osiris, Pa–di–Aset, justified, born to Iset–em–per–mest, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts, the Osiris, Pa–di–Isis, justified, born to Iset–em–per–mest, justified, to do all the works that are to be done in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – as a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ you shall say when you are counted off at any time to serve, to ferry sand, to cultivate the fields.

There are three other shabtis for ther same owner in the British Museum (EA 8966, 8982 and 8981) two of which were acquired from Joseph Sams in 1834, the same source as our example.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    380 BC - 343 BC (Dynasty 30)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    177 mm x 50 mm x 38 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir pA-di-As.t ms n As.t-m-p(r)-mst mAa.t-xrw Dd.f i wSb.ty ipn ir ip.tw Wsir pA-di-As.t ms n As.t-m-p(r)-mst mAa.t-xrw r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) ir im m Xr.t-nTr (ist) Hw sDb.w im m s r Xrt.f m.k wi kA.tn ip.(tw).tn r nw nb ir(.t) Xn.t Say srwD sx.t tn, "The Osiris, Pa–di–Aset, justified, born to Iset–em–per–mest, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts, the Osiris, Pa–di–Isis, justified, born to Iset–em–per–mest, justified, to do all the works that are to be done in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – as a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ you shall say when you are counted off at any time to serve, to ferry sand, to cultivate the fields".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Explore related

Publications

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • 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

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
No media found
Have 20 place tagsPage load time: 62 ms