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
    Religion
  • Culture
    Ptolemaic
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    332 BC (early Ptolemaic Period)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection, 1971
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1902
  • 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: 16.9.02.22b; 16.9.02.23a-c
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome (Collector)

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Publications

  • Abydos: Part I : 1902

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

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

  • 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

Events

  • 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 24.9.00.56-126 (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 14.10.01.1-53 (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 16.9.02.1-57 (...)

Ownership

Previous owners

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