About this object

Pale blue glaze faience mummiform shabti, wearing a plain tripartite wig and a fairly long plaited divine beard. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands protrude from a shroud to hold a pick in the left and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the cord of a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. Facial features are fairly well–detailed with high cheek bones, a broad nose, a gently smiling mouth and a pronounced chin. The shabti is supported by a dorsal pillar and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The body is incised with a ‘T’–shaped inscription in moulded hieroglyphs that reads: "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King’s Scribe, Ah–mose, born (to) Hotep–Bastet".

Collected in Egypt in 1870.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Giza
  • 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, 1956
  • Collector
    William Birkbeck
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Giza
  • Date collected
    1870
  • Measurements
    106 mm x 31 mm x 22 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir sS nsw.t iaH-ms ms (n) Htp-BAst.t, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King’s Scribe, Ah–mose, born (to) Hotep–Bastet."
  • Related people
    Susan Maria Birkbeck (Collector, previous owner); William Birkbeck (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (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

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1914
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Susan Maria Birkbeck

    Owned from: 1897
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1914
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Birkbeck

    Owned from: 1870
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1897
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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