About this object

The present shabti is mummiform in shape, and is rather crudely carved. The head does not wear a wig. The face has very small eyes indicated by tiny incised dots at the ends of a horizontal cut on the bridge of the nose. The sides of the nose itself are very gently suggested with vertical cuts, and the mouth is merely a short horizontal cut in the wood that also denotes the bottom of the nose. The buttocks of the figure are faintly defined in the modelling, and the mid–torso of the figure protrudes forward quite considerably. The feet are not modelled, although they could be missing because the bottom of the figure is somewhat damaged. The shabti has two rows of hieratic inscription added in black that is written lengthwise along the sides, with a vertical column on the back. The owner is named as Ah–mose, followed by a version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Translation of the inscription: O, these shabtis of Ah–mose, there in the realm of the dead ??? to ferry sand of the west to the east, here I am when you call.

Probably from the 1898/9 season of excavations of the 5th Marquess of Northampton's expedition, led by Percy Newberry.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1580 - 1550 BC (Dynasty 17)
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Professor Percy E Newberry, 1910
  • Collector
    Percy Edward Newberry
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Dra' Abu el Naga
  • Date collected
    Before 1910
  • Measurements
    131 mm x 21 mm x 29 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription:
    i SAwAb.ty ipn ip.t(w) IaH-ms m Xrt.nTr kA ??? r Xnt Say imn.tt r iAb.tt mk (w)i kA.k
    "O, these shabtis of Ah–mose, there in the realm of the dead ??? to ferry sand of the west to the east, here I am when you call."
  • Related people
    Percy Edward Newberry (Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Percy Edward Newberry

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1910-12-18
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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