About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The wig is worn low on the forehead. The arms emerge from a shroud and are crossed right over left on the chest. The hands hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the twisted rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The implements are boldly modelled in raised relief, with the exception of the basket that is rather poorly defined. The face is round in shape and the features are well modelled. The eyes have cosmetic lines, and brows clearly indicated. The mouth has a gentle smile. The ears are well worked although the right is larger than the left. The shabti stands upon a trapezoidal base, and against a dorsal pillar. The body of the shabti has a ‘T’–shaped incised inscription naming the owner as Wah–ib–Re.

Sticker on the back reads, "Thomas Gabriel Bayfield, Norwich".

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    525 BC - 404 BC (Dynasty 27)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Thomas Gabriel Bayfield
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1894 before
  • Measurements
    150 mm x 43 mm x 30 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir it-nTr rx-nsw.t nb pH.ty wn-r wAH-ib-ra-m-Ax.t ms (n) tA-(n.t)-Imn mAa.t-xrw, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the God’s Father, the King’s Companion, Lord of Strength, wener–priest, Wah–ib–Re–em–akhet, born (to) Te(nt)–Amen justified".
  • Related people
    Thomas Gabriel Bayfield (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

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  • 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


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1894
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Thomas Gabriel Bayfield

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1894
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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