About this object

Mummiform shabti made from a tamarisk branch with carved horizontal cuts used to define the salient features. The head is very simply carved. The nose is suggested by two diagonal cuts, and the mouth is indicated by a nearly horizontal cut above the small chin. The eyes are detailed by similar horizontal cuts with incised points towards the ends. A fairly deep horizontal cut enhances the stubby projection used to show the feet. The body of the shabti has a haphazard arrangement of horizontal and vertical columns of inscription with an offering formula that is added in black. Unfortunately the name of the owner is illegible, but the name of the dedicator is Sat–irt.

There is a copy of the inscription on the Newberry-Peet record card.

Translation of the inscription: An offering which the king gives to Osiris, that he may give everything good and pure for the ka of ??? (by) his mother, his name Sat–irt.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1580 - 1550 BC (Dynasty 17)
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    97 mm x 20 mm x 22 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Htp-di-nsw Wsir di.f Xt nb.t nfr.t wAb.t n kA n [.....] in mwt.f rn.f sA(.t)-ir.t, "An offering which the king gives to Osiris, that he may give everything good and pure for the ka of ??? (by) his mother, his name Sat–irt."
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, 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

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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