About this object

Mummiform shabti, missing its lower legs and feet, wearing a tripartite wig with striations added in black, and with horizontal bands across the lower ends of the lappets. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. Bracelets are worn on the right wrist. A wesekh–collar is painted across the chest showing five strands, the lowest ending in drop–shaped beads. A broad basket is painted on the back. The face is fairly well modelled. Eyes with brows are added in black paint. The shabti has marks on the back where it was separated by spacers from other shabtis in the kiln during the firing process, the purpose being to stop the shabtis from sticking together. These spacers were probably made of wood. The shabti is made of dark blue faience with black detailing. It has four horizontal bands of inscription.

Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, … Seti, Beloved (of) Ptah, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead ...

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Royal Institution, Liverpool, 1942
  • Collector
    Liverpool Royal Institution
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Valley of the Kings
  • Date collected
    1894 before
  • Measurements
    116 mm x 48 mm x 27 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir nsw.t Mn-MAa.t-Ra mAa-xrw Dd.f i SAb.ty ip.t(n) ... sty-Mry-(n)-PtH mAa-xrw r ir(.t) kA[.t] nb(.t) irr[.t] im (m) Xr.tnTr ..., "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, … Seti, Beloved (of) Ptah, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead ...".
  • Related people
    Liverpool Royal Institution (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

  • Liverpool Royal Institution

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1942
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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