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 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.

Excavated by John Garstang for the Egyptian Research Account.
John Garstang, El Arabah: A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Temenos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety (London, 1901)

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
    Gift of the Egyptian Research Account, 1900
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos Cemetery E
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    116 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

  • Egyptian Antiquities in the Liverpool Museum: a List of the Provenanced Objects

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Southworth, Edmund
    Publisher: Aris and Phillips Ltd
    Date: 1986
    Description:

  • 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).

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Egyptian Research Account

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1900
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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