About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig, and a plain divine beard. Note that the arms are held left above right on the chest. The left hand holds a pick, and the right a hoe modelled in relief. The blade of the pick, in particular, has a distinctive curve. The right hand also holds the cord of a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is quite small and the details are rudimentarily modelled. The legs are faintly shaped in the modelling. The shabti has a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The figure has a lustrous brilliant blue glaze. Although without inscription, this shabti is undoubtedly for Pet-Osiris, son of Djed-Hor, the owner of Tomb G 50 in Cemetery G at Abydos excavated by Petrie in 1902.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    332 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    102 mm x 32 mm x 27 mm
  • Note
    Presented to the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in September 1927 by Prof. Flinders Petrie.
    From same find as four other shabtis in the collection:;
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

Explore related


  • Abydos: Part I : 1902

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1902

  • 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


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Abydos 1899 - 1904

    Start date: 1899
    End date: 1899
    Description: Excavations directed by Flinders Petrie at Abydos for the Egypt Exploration Fund. The museum provided financial sponsorship towards the costs and received a share of the finds that the Egyptian authorities allowed to be exported outside of Egypt. The museum subscribed to the 1899-1900 excavations and received 179 finds that were accessioned on 24 September 1900, accession series (mainly Early Dynastic finds from the Royal Tombs...) The museum subscribed to the 1900-1901 excavations and received 114 finds that were accessioned on 14 October 1901, accession series (mainly Early Dynastic finds from the Royal Tombs but also Middle Kingdom finds from tombs D79 and D81). The museum subscribed to the 1901-1902 Abydos excavations and received 57 finds that were accessioned on 16 September 1902, accession series (...)


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