About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig. Graining in the wood gives the impression that the wig is striated. Arms are not indicated but are presumed to be crossed beneath the shroud that envelopes the body. A wesekh–collar is worn across the chest being gently indicated in the carving. The face of the figure is quite broad, and traces of red remain to suggest it was painted this colour. Eyes and brows are added in black and white. The face is flanked by small ears that are outlined in black. Traces of five vertical columns of a virtually illegible inscription are added in black on the body of the shabti.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1295 BC (Dynasty 18 early)
  • Materials
    Wood; Paint
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Norah L. Coltart, 1953
  • Collector
    Norah L Coltart
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1870 about
  • Measurements
    139 mm x 40 mm x 41 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: i SAwAb.ty ipn ip.t(w) ... ir.t kA.t ..., “O, these shabtis, if one counts … to do work …”.
  • Related people
    Norah L Coltart (Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Norah L Coltart

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1953-10-28
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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