About this object

Mummiform bichrome glazed shabti wearing a tripartite wig and a striated (?) divine beard that is deep blue in colour. A fold is shown in the modelling of the wig above the forehead. The lower edges of the lappets have horizontal line decoration. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The hands themselves have large thumbs. A basket is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is quite square in shape and it has a knobbly chin. The eyes are bulging, the noses are large, and the mouth has a slight smile. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands on a trapezoidal base. Although it is not inscribed it was made for a man named Ta-sheryt-net-tekri. The owner had two types of shabtis - small uninscribed ones like this one, and taller inscribed ones. We have a parallel in our collection, no. LIV.2014.65.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • 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
    Purchased from Mrs E J F Hearne, 1944
  • Collector
    Amy Urlin
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    98 mm x 27 mm x 23 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
    Joyce Hearne (Collector, previous owner); Amy Urlin (Collector)

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  • 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


Previous owners

  • Joyce Hearne

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1944
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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