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 Lady of the Two Lands,the Divine Adoratrice, Ked–meret”. 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
    Religion
  • 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
    Gift of Mr. E. G. Kaines Thomas
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Ramesseum
  • Date collected
    1898
  • Measurements
    96 mm x 31 mm x 21 mm
  • Note
    There are three shabtis of Ked-meret in the collection: 56.20.706, 58.32.12 and 58.32.13.
  • Related people
    Egyptian Research Account (Collector, previous owner); Evelyn George Kaines-Thomas (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • ‘The Ushabtis of the Divine Adoratrice Qedmerut’ in Benoît Lurson (ed.), De la mère du roi à l'épouse du dieu. Premiers éléments de synthèse de la fouille du temple de Touy et de la tombe de Karomama, pp. 145-155.

    Griffin, Kenneth

    Author: Griffin, Kenneth
    Publisher: Éditions Safran
    Date: 2017
    Description: Of all the women to have held the prominent title of Divine Adoratrice (dwA.t nTr) Qedmerut (Qd-mr.wt) is perhaps the most obscure. Though her exact chronological position is uncertain, the typology of her ushabti figures makes her likely the direct successor of Karomama G in the mid Twenty-second Dynasty. Qedmerut is known exclusive/y (rom her ushabti figures, which were discovered by the Egyptian Research Account in the Late 1890s. This paper presents the forty known ushabtis of Qedmerut, discussing their iconography, inscriptions, provenance, and dating.

  • Egyptian Antiquities in the Liverpool Museum: a List of the Provenanced Objects

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: Aris and Phillips Ltd
    Date: 1986
    Description:

  • The Ramesseum

    Quibell, James Edward

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

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Evelyn George Kaines-Thomas

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1958
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Egyptian Research Account

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1898
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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