About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a striated tripartite wig, and a plaited divine beard. The beard is the same length as the lappets of the wig. The arms are crossed right over left, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The hoe has a twisted wiry tie. The right hand also holds the twisted rope for a large basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face of the figure has well defined features although the nose is damaged. The eyes are large and almond-shaped, with long cosmetic lines and brows being modelled in relief. The mouth has a gentle smile. Large and well modelled ears flank the face. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The body of the shabti has seven horizontal bands of a lightly incised inscription. The name of the owner is unclear but the mother’s name is Wedja-shu, a name found in the 30th Dynasty. The names are followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Translation of the inscription: “O, these shabtis, if one counts the Osiris, the God’s servant of Bastet, ??-es-??, justifief, born (to) Wedja-shu, to do all the works in the realm of the dead – now indeed, obstacles are implanted there – as a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ you shall say … there, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, …”

Object specifics

  • Type
  • 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
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr William Crosfield, 1861
  • Collector
    Hermann Philip
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1850 - 1860
  • Measurements
    220 mm x 54 mm x 40 mm
  • Note
    Previously in the collection of Dr Herman Philip and Mrs Dora Philip of 32 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh.
  • Related people
    William Henry Crosfield (Previous owner); Hermann Philip (Collector, previous owner)

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    Date: 1879
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Previous owners

  • Hermann Philip

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1861-04-13
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William Henry Crosfield

    Owned from: 1861-04-13
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1861-04-16
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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