About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig rudimentarily carved, worn low on the forehead. The face is small and fairly round in shape; the eyes are large but poorly defined. The nose is heavily rubbed. The ears are simply defined. The arms are 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 fairly broad and the small buttocks are gently defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain, mostly around the hands, and the left side of the face.

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. One of fifteen wooden shabtis of Sety I in World Museum's collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Wood; Varnish
  • 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
    200 mm x 59 mm x 38 mm
  • Note
    Inscription: seven lines; fairly distinct; several 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 [i]p.tn ir aS.t 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 is Hw sDb.w i r Xr.wt.f m.k kA.tn i Hr.t nw r n pt.w nb ?? srwD sx.t r smH.yt wDb.w ... kA.t tn, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, the Osiris, Seti, Beloved of Ptah, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted for him, as a man at his duties – ‘here I am’ you shall say, … – to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, … ‘here I am.’"
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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