About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a voluminous plain tripartite wig. The arms and hands are not indicated in the modelling. A wesekh–collar is worn across the chest comprising of four row of beads on strands. The face is well defined in the carving. The eyes have long cosmetic lines and brows in relief. The head has an upright pose with the chin being slightly raised. The face is flanked by a pair of well modelled ears. The shoulders and upper torso have six horizontal bands of neatly incised inscription naming the owner as Qenamun followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Height does not include the modern marble plinth.

Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Scribe, Qenamun, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts, Qenamun, to do all works to be done there in the realm of the dead – as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west, if one counts concerning you, at any time daily, ‘here I am,’ you shall say.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1295 BC (Dynasty 18)
  • Materials
    Serpentine
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Lt. Col. John Raymond Danson, 1977
  • Collector
    Francis Chatillon Danson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1894 - 1898
  • Measurements
    192 mm x 51 mm x 44 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD sS Qn-Imn Dd.f i SAwAb.ty ipn ir ip.tw Qn-Imn m kA.t nb.t ir.t m Xr.t-nTr m s Hr.wt.f is.t(w) Hw n.f sDb.w im r srwD sx.t smH.yt wDb.w r Xn.t say n iAb.tt r imn.tt ip.tw r.k r nw nb m.k w(i) kA.k, "The illuminated one, the Scribe, Qenamun, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts, Qenamun, to do all works to be done there in the realm of the dead – as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west, if one counts concerning you, at any time daily, ‘here I am,’ you shall say".
  • Related people
    Émile Amélineau (Previous owner); Edith Danson (Previous owner); Francis Chatillon Danson (Collector, previous owner); John Raymond Danson (Previous owner); Walter Talbot Ready (Previous owner)

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  • Antiquités égyptiennes trouvées à Abydos. Ivoires, bois sculptés, terres émaillées, amulettes, scarabées, statuettes funéraires, objets en or et en bronze, silex, terres cuites et poteries, sculptures diverses, vases et coupes en pierre dure, stèles, tables et fragments

    Drouot

    Author: Drouot
    Publisher: Drouot
    Date: 1904
    Description: Antiquités égyptiennes trouvées à Abydos. Ivoires, bois sculptés, terres émaillées, amulettes, scarabées, statuettes funéraires, objets en or et en bronze, silex, terres cuites et poteries, sculptures diverses, vases et coupes en pierre dure, stèles, tables et fragments.

  • 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

  • 'Museum Acquisitions, 1978' in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 66

    Bourriau, Janine (editor)

    Author: Bourriau, Janine (editor)
    Publisher: Egypt Exploraration Society
    Date: 1980
    Description: A list of Egyptian antiquities acquired in 1978 by museums in the United Kingdom. The article contains a complete list of the Danson collection of Egyptian antiquities acquired by World Museum in 1977.

  • 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

  • John Raymond Danson

    Owned from: 1950-08-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1976-06-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Edith Danson

    Owned from: 1926-07-03
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1950-08-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Francis Chatillon Danson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1926-07-03
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Walter Talbot Ready

    Owned from: 1904-02-09
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904-04-08
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Émile Amélineau

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904-02-09
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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