About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig of voluminous proportions, and a large divine beard, both of which are glazed black. The arms are crossed on the chest, and hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The implements are modelled in low relief. A basket is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is small, and the details are poorly defined. The shabti stands against a dorsal pillar, and upon a small trapezoidal base. The body of the figure has an incised inscription that names the owner as Seneb–ef. The name Seneb–ef occurs on a limestone stele from the Serapeum that dates from the year 24 of the reign of Taharqa but it is unclear whether this is the same owner as the present ushabti.

Ex collection of Sir J. Currie donated by D. H. Hanbury in 1941.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    James Currie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1937 before
  • Measurements
    63 mm x 19 mm x 14 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir it-nTr Hm-nTr snb.f, "The Osiris, the God’s Father, the God’s Servant, Seneb–ef".
  • Related people
    J W Currie (Collector); James Currie (Collector, previous owner); Daniel H Hanbury (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1941
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Daniel H Hanbury

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Currie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1937
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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