About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a voluminous plain tripartite wig that is worn high on the head to leave a large area of the forehead showing. The lappets of the wig are long. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes. The one in the left hand is of the broad–bladed type, while the one in the right is narrow–bladed. A broad, trapezoidal– shaped basket is carried on the back. It is supported from cords that are also held by the hands. The basket has horizontal and vertical line detail. Although the nose and mouth are mostly worn away, it is evident that the face was finely carved. The eyes are quite large, slanted and almond–shaped. A pair of large, well–modelled ears flank the face. The ear lobes have small indentations to suggest that they are pierced. In profile, the posterior of the shabti is well–defined. The front of the ankles and feet are missing. The body of the figure has six horizontal bands of an incised inscription, with an additional vertical column on the back. The owner is named as Huy, his name being followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Royal Scribe of the offering table of the Lord of the Two Lands, Huy, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis if you are counted, if you are reckoned, the Osiris,Huy, the living one (?), [to do] all the work that is to be done in the realm of the dead – as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west, if you are counted ??, to pass any time, ‘Here I am’ you shall say.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1295 BC (late Dynasty 18)
  • Materials
    Paint; 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
    245 mm x 71 mm x 50 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir sS nsw.t wDH.w n nb-tA.wy Hwy mAa-xrw dd.f i SAbty ipn ir ip.tw iry [Hsb].tw Wsir Hwy anx w (?) m kA.t nb.t ir.t (im) m Xr.t-nTr r Xr.wt.f Hw n.f sDb.w im r srwD n sxt wDb.w A Xnt Say n iAb.tt n imn.tt ip.(t)w ir ? r ir[.t] nw nb ink mk kA.k ?, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Royal Scribe of the offering table of the Lord of the Two Lands, Huy, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis if you are counted, if you are reckoned, the Osiris,Huy, the living one (?), [to do] all the work that is to be done in the realm of the dead – as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west, if you are counted ??, to pass any time, ‘Here I am’ you shall say".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • 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

  • 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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