About this object

Mummiform pottery shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig that is painted blue. The body of the shabti is painted white with the exception of the arms and hands that are painted red, and a faint inscription that is added in black within red framing lines that are boldly painted. The arms are folded above the waist, and the hands carry a small pair of hoes that are added in black. The how carried in the left hand is broad–bladed, while that in the right is narrow–bladed. A large basket, now very faded, is added in black on the back of the shabti. The face and neck are painted red. Eyes with brows are added in black. The facial details are somewhat abraded. The back of the shabti is roughly shaped, and the feet curl forwards. Because the inscription is rather worn it is impossible to read the name of the owner of the shabti.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1186 BC (Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
    Pottery; Paint
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    J H T Dawson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1940 before
  • Measurements
    221 mm x 70 mm x 52 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir wab ??, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the wab–priest, ??".
  • Related people
    J H T Dawson (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (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

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J H T Dawson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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