About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a fairly well carved plain tripartite wig. The face is fairly round in shape, the eyes are poorly defined. The nose is broad, indistinct and rubbed. The ears are simply defined, the left is higher than the right. The arms are fairly thin, crossed right over left above the waist. The shabti does not carry implements in its hands and there is no basket on the back. The body is quite broad and the buttocks are gently defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain, mostly around the ears, the sides of the face, and on the chest.

The shabti is inscribed with the throne name of the pharaoh Sety I, Menmmatra, within a cartouche and the 6th Chapter of the Book of the Dead. Carved from wood and coated with black resin. Feet missing. One of fifteen wooden shabtis of Sety I in World Museum's collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Varnish; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Valley of the Kings
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    207 mm x 63 mm x 38 mm
  • Note
    Inscription: six lines; quite distinct; many of the hieroglyphs have varnish in them. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir nsw.t Mn-MAa.t-Ra [mAa-xrw] Dd.f i SAb.ty ip.t[n] ir Hsb.tw Wsir sty-mr.y-(n)-PtH [mAa-xrw] r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) irr.t [i]m (m) Xr.t-nTr smH.yt wDb.w srwD sx.t r Xn.t n iAb.tt r imn.tt is Hw sDb.w im m s r Xr.wt.f iry m.k kA.t m ? n ?, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, Seti, Beloved (of) Ptah, [justified], to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – to irrigate the river banks, to cultivate the fields, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west and vice–versa – now indeed obstacles are implanted there, as a man at his duties to work, ‘here I am,’ when ??".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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