About this object

A mummiform overseer shabti, wearing a plain tripartite wig and the kilt of everyday life with a projecting frontal apron. A pair of small breasts are indicated in the modelling below the front lappets of the wig. The left arm hangs down by the side with the right arm being held across the waist with the hand holding a whip, that is indicated in relief. The face is rudimentarily modelled. The back is flat. The figure has an inscription on the front naming the owner as Wen–nefer.


From Abydos North Cemeteries: Cemetery D, Tomb 15G.

Ex collection of Sir J. Currie donated by D. H. Hanbury in 1941.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • 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
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1900
  • Measurements
    114 mm x 37 mm x 25 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir it-nTr (n) Imn Wn-[nfr], "The Osiris, the God’s Father (of) Amun, Wen–[nefer]".
  • Related people
    J W Currie (Collector); James Currie (Collector, previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society (Collector); Daniel H Hanbury (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1941
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Daniel H Hanbury

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Currie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1937
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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