About this object

White/cream coloured glaze faience mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig painted black except for the lower ends of the lappets that are unpainted. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands carry a pair of hoes. The arms and hands are outlined in brownish black. Bracelets are indicated on the wrists, and a wesekh–collar is painted across the chest. The face is well modelled, and has painted details of the eyes with brows, nostrils and mouth. A vertical column of inscription on the front of the shabti names the owner as Pay.

Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Chief Goldsmith, the Overseer of the Craftsmen, this Pay.

Described in the 1870's by the curator Charles Gatty as belonging to "Paipi, Governor of the South".

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 - 1186 BC (Dynasties 19)
  • 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
    146 mm x 45 mm x 31 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir Hry-nbw im.y-r Hm.wt PAy pn, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Chief Goldsmith, the Overseer of the Craftsmen, this Pay".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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