About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. The arms are crossed left over right on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. A large rectangular diamond–hatched basket with shoulder straps is painted on the back. The face is rather poorly modelled. The eyes with brows are added in black, but barely discernible. A faded vertical column of painted inscription on the front names the owner as Bak–(en)–Khonsu. The inscription is to be read from left to right, a notable exception to the rule, and during the Third Intermediate Period is only to be found on a few shabti groups.

Recorded in the register as Nesi-pas-hor, divine father of Amun. From Abydos [North Cemeteries:Cemetery E, tomb 296] excavated by John Garstang for the Egyptian Research Account.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 22)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Egyptian Research Account, 1900
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos Cemetery E
  • Date collected
    1900
  • Measurements
    107 mm x 40 mm x 34 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir it-nTr n Imn BAk-(n)-xns.w mAaxrw, “The Osiris, the God’s Father of Amun, Bak–(en)–Khonsu, justified”.
  • Related people
    Egyptian Research Account ( Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • El Arabah: A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Temenos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety

    Garstang, John

    Author: Garstang, John
    Publisher: Egyptian Research Account
    Date: 1901
    Description: Publication of the Egyptian Research Account's excavations at the cemeteries in the Abydos region, 1900. The title of the book "el Arabah" takes its name from the nearby modern town name. Garstang's fieldwork report is accompanied by notes made by Percy Newberry (on the hieroglyphic inscriptions) and J. Grafton Milne (on the Greek graffiti).

  • 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

Ownership

Previous owners

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