About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and plaited divine beard that is curled at the tip. The arms are crossed right over left 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 twisted cord of a small basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is well defined, and the mouth has a gentle smile. The ears are well modelled. The shabti stands against a dorsal pillar and upon a trapezoidal base. A vertical column of incised inscription on the front of the shabti names the owner as Wahibre.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 525 BC (Dynasty 26)
  • 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: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    1850 - 1860
  • Measurements
    177 mm x 50 mm x 38 cm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir wAH-ib-ra ms n tA-Htr.t mAa.t-xrw, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Wah–ib–Re, born to Ta–heteret, justified".
  • Related people
    William Henry Crosfield (Previous owner); Hermann Philip (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.


Previous owners

  • W M Crosfield

    Owned from: 1861
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1861
    Disposal method: Gift
  • Hermann Philip

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1861
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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