About this object

This ‘overseer’ shabti wears the characteristic short-sleeved tunic, kilt and starched apron of daily life. The head wears a plain short bipartite or duplex wig, with a seshed headband tied at the back. The ties of the headband are very long, and reach down to the ankles. This is a typical feature that is to be found on some shabtis that come from the Ramesseum. The front lappets have details of curls shown in relief. The left arm hangs down by the side of the body, and the right arm is folded across the waist. The right hand is outlined in black, and it carries a long whip that is painted in the same colour. The face is simply shaped, and has the eyes with brows added in black. The lower legs, ankles and feet are shown in the modelling. A vertical column of a painted inscription on the front of the apron says: The Osiris, the God's Father of Mut, Neb-neteru, justified.

Received as an anonymous donation in 1901 with 2 strings of beads also from the Ramesseum (a local donor to the Egyptian Research Account?).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Ramesseum
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 22)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Anonymous Donation, 1901
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Ramesseum
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    114 mm x 44 mm x 38 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir it-nTr n mw.t nb-nTr.w mAa-xrw, "The Osiris, the God's Father of Mut, Neb-neteru, justified."
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  • The Ramesseum

    Quibell, James Edward

    Author: Quibell, James Edward
    Publisher: Bernard Quaritch
    Date: 1898


Previous owners

  • Egyptian Research Account

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