About this object

An ‘overseer’ shabti wearing the projecting triangular apron of everyday life. The customary short sleeved tunic is not evident in the modelling. The head wears a bipartite or duplex wig with striations added in black. A seshed headband is worn on the wig, this being left as a band that is the underlying blue of the glaze, with the edges outlined in black. The left arm is folded above the waist, and the hand holds a whip added in black. The right arm hangs down by the side of the body. The face is poorly defined, and has the eyes with brows added in black although only the right eye and brow are really obvious. The legs and feet are modelled. The front of the apron has a vertical column of inscription added in black, but the name of the owner is difficult to read with any degree of certainty.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1069 BC - 945 BC (Dynasty 21)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs E J F Hearne, 1944
  • Collector
    Amy Urlin
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    92 mm x 30 mm x 22 mm
  • Note
    Donated by Mrs Hearne in 1944; Mrs Hearne's husband was curator of Littlehampton Museum which received Egyptian material from Miss Amy Urlin, a relation of the archaeologist Professor Flinders Petrie.
  • Related people
    Margaret Joyce Edelweiss Hearne ( Collector, previous owner); Amy Urlin ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Margaret Joyce Edelweiss Hearne

    Owned from: 1932
    How acquired: Inherited from Urlin
    Owned until: 1944
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Amy Urlin

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Excavation or Purchase
    Owned until: 1932
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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