About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with striations indicated in the modelling. The striations are quite widely spaced. The face is missing. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest. Implements are not carried, and there are no baskets on the back. A broad wesekh–collar is worn across the chest, ending in a row of drop–shaped beads. There are traces of red paint on the upper left corner of the collar. Unfortunately the shabti has lost its face. A ba–bird, representing the deceased’s soul in the form of a Horus falcon, enfolds its wings around the middle of the shabti. The upper body and head of the bird are missing. The wings and upper rear of the body are painted green. The body of the shabti has seven horizontal bands of an incised inscription naming the owner as Heby, followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. The hieroglyphs have traces of blue paint remaining in them.

Translation of the inscription: The illuminated, the Osiris, Heby, justified, born to Ka–en– wen–?: O, these shabtis, ?? in respect of the Osiris, for the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead, as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith, as a man at his duties(?) – to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west – I am counted off at any time …?

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1186 BC (Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
    Paint; Limestone
  • 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
    166 mm x 64 mm x 50 cm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHd Wsir Hb.y mAa-xrw ir-n KA-n-wn-? i SAwAb.ty ipn ir n iw Wsir m kA.t nb.t irr.t (im) m Xr.t-nTr m s r Xr.wt.f is.tw Hw sDb.w im s r (xr.wt.f ?) sx.t r smH.yt wDb.w r Xn.t Say [n] imn.tt r iAb.tt ip.tw r.k r nw t k ??, "The illuminated, the Osiris, Heby, justified, born to Ka–en– wen–?: O, these shabtis, ?? in respect of the Osiris, for the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead, as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith, as a man at his duties(?) – to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west – I am counted off at any time …?".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • 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
Object view = Humanities
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