About this object

Mummiform shabti of rather crude form, made of tamarisk branch, that has a coat of white wash (or gesso?), although areas of this are rather worn, especially on the front and back. The head of the figure is crudely carved, the outline of the chin being indicated by a somewhat nibbled line. The nose is suggested by hollowed depressions on each side. Eyes are added in black, as is the mouth that gives the impression that it is open. In profile the shabti has a rather upright pose, with the mid–torso pushing slightly forward, and the head being a little raised. The feet are indicated by a short and stumpy projection. The torso of the figure has three vertical columns of inscription with an offering formula that is added in black. Unfortunately the name of the owner is illegible.

Translation of the inscription: An offering which the king gives to Osiris, … Lord Of Abydos, that he may give a voice offering of bread, beer…. everything pure for the ka of ???

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1580 BC - 1550 BC (Dynasty 17)
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    140 mm x 25 mm x 29 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: hTp-[di]-nsw Wsir [nTr aA] nb AbD.w di.[f] prt-xrw t Hnkt [.....] nb (?) wab.t n kA n [.....], "An offering which the king gives to Osiris, … Lord Of Abydos, that he may give a voice offering of bread, beer…. everything pure for the ka of ???"
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

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