About this object

Mummiform shabti mould made from pale green glazed faience. The shabti wears a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. A basket is modelled in relief on the back. The face is rudimentarily modelled with details added in black. The mouth painted in black, and there also appears to be a moustache, unless this is just a badly drawn mouth. If a moustache is intended, then this is also very unusual, especially on shabtis for a female owner. The black decoration is very pronounced. A vertical column of hieroglyphs on the front reads, “The Osiris, Djed–Mut, justified”. From the Egyptian Research Account excavations directed by John Garstang, 1900, Abydos north cemeteries, cemetery E.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mrs Grimshaw
  • Collector
    Egyptian Research Account
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1900
  • Measurements
    109 mm x 43 mm x 33 mm
  • Note
    One of five shabtis belonging to Djed-mut in the Museum's collection.
  • Related people
    Egyptian Research Account ( Collector, previous owner); Mrs Grimshaw ( Previous owner); E C Grisewood ( 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

  • Mrs Grimshaw

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1960
    Disposal method: Donation
  • E C Grisewood

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: From Garstang?
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Egyptian Research Account

    Owned from: 1900
    How acquired: Division of Finds
    Owned until: 1900
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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