About this object

Blue glazed faience mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. A pair of small breasts are defined in the modelling below the front lappets of the wig. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist. The hands are not clenched in a fist as is commonly found on shabtis, but they are modelled open on the lower chest. The hands hold a pair of small hoes added in black. A rectangular basket with horizontal line detail and shoulder straps is painted on the back.
The face is rounded in shape with eyes and eyebrows added in black. A vertical column of a painted inscription on the front of the figure reads: ‘The Osiris, Ta-iyt” (although this reading of the name is very uncertain). There are two shabtis for this owner in our collection and so far no other parallels have been found in other museums or collections.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1069 BC - 945 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    85 mm x 33 mm x 22 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • 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


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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