About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig. The face is particularly well carved for its type, with the eyes, nose, mouth and ears all clearly defined in the modelling. The posterior of the figure is defined, and the body of the figure tapers down towards the ankles and feet, the latter being quite naturalistic in their rendering. The body of the shabti has six vertical columns, in places overlapping each other, of hieratic inscription added in black. The owner is named as Djehuty, followed by a rather garbled version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

A linen bandage is associated with the object but it might not originally be connected.

The shabti is probably from the 1898–1899 excavations at Dra Abu el–Naga that were funded by the 5th Marquess of Northhampton, and led by Percy Newberry.

Glenn Janes writes: "museum records state that this shabti belongs with shabtis and coffin, but this grouping was most likely to have been assembled as such in modern times."

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period – Early New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1570 - 1520 BC (Dynasty 17 or 18)
  • Materials
    Wood; Pigment
  • 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
    101 mm x 19 mm x 21 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD DHwty ir ip.tw n nb Hr? A mk wi kA.tn DHwty r kA.t rn? ir(y) f A t (?) Xnt n iAb.tt sx.t (r) smH.y wDb.w (i)m? m Xr.t-nTr m s ...?, "The illuminated one, Djehuty, if you are counted … ‘here I am’ when you call Djehuty, to do works … west … to ferry … fields, to irrigate the river banks, there in the realm of the dead …?"
  • 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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