About this object

Faience mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. A crude uraeus is modelled on the forehead. The arms are crossed above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. A basket with shoulder straps is crudely painted on the back. The face issimply defined. Eyes with brows are added in black. A vertical column of inscription on the front reads, “The Osiris, the Divine Adoratrice, Ked–mer–et”. The owner’s name is shown in a cartouche. As a Divine Adoratrice, Ked–meret was an important lady at Thebes, although she is only known from her shabtis. These were found during the excavations undertaken by James Quibell at the Ramesseum in 1896.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Ramesseum
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 22)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Ramesseum
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    101 mm x 31 mm x 28 mm
  • Note
    There are three shabtis of Ked-meret in the collection: 56.20.706, 58.32.12 and 58.32.13.
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (Collector, previous owner)

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  • The Ramesseum

    Quibell, James Edward

    Author: Quibell, James Edward
    Publisher: Bernard Quaritch
    Date: 1898


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