About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands 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. The face is oval and the ears are disproportionately large. The eyes are large and almond–shaped with high arching brows modelled in relief. The shabti is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The body of the figure has nine horizontal bands of an incised inscription. The owner is named as Pa–di–Neith, followed by rather indistinct and garbled version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Translation of the inscription: Recitation (by) the illuminated one, the Osiris, the Chief Steward of the Divine Adoratrice, Pa–di–Neith, justified, born to Ta–di–Bastet, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts the Osiris, Pa–di–Neith, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – [as a man at his duties]?, ‘here I am,’ you shall say ???? ‘here I am,’ ???.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • 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
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Miss Rosalind Nash via Salisbury Museum, 1949
  • Collector
    Florence Nightingale
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1850
  • Measurements
    137 mm x 45 mm x 30 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Dd mdw sHD Wsir im.y-r pr wr n dwA.t-nTr p(A)-di-n.t mAa-xrw ms n t(A)-di-BAst.t mAa.t-xrw i wSb.ty ipn ir ip.tw Wsir p(A)-di-n.t mAa-xrw r ir(.t) kA[.t nb.t?] ir im m Xr.t-nTr ist Hw sDb(.w) im m [s r Xrt.f?] m.k w.i kA.tn m.k wi kA(.tn) ???, "Recitation (by) the illuminated one, the Osiris, the Chief Steward of the Divine Adoratrice, Pa–di–Neith, justified, born to Ta–di–Bastet, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts the Osiris, Pa–di–Neith, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – [as a man at his duties]?, ‘here I am,’ you shall say ???? ‘here I am,’ ???".
  • Related people
    Rosalind Nash (Previous owner); Florence Nightingale (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

  • Rosalind Nash

    Owned from: 1910-08-13
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Florence Nightingale

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1910-08-13
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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