About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with striations defined in the modelling. The wig is worn low on the forehead. Although badly damaged, it can be assumed that the divine beard would have been plaited. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the twisted rope for a basket although the latter is not indicated behind the left shoulder. The implements are fairly well defined in relief. The hoe has a twisted wiry tie. The face is oval in shape. The eyes are damaged but sufficient detail remains to show that cosmetic lines and brows were added in relief. The mouth is small, the lips quite thick. The shabti stands upon a trapezoidal base, and against a dorsal pillar. The body of the shabti has nine horizontal bands of incised inscription that names the owner as Bastet–iy–ti followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Bequest of Sir Rider Haggard, 1925.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    380 BC - 343 BC (Dynasty 30)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Henry Rider Haggard
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1925 before
  • Measurements
    203 mm x 55 mm x 42 mm; 8 in x 2 3/16 in x 1 5/8 in
  • Note
    sHD Wsir bAst.t-iy.ti ms (n) rnp.t-nfr.t mAa-xrw Dd.f i wSb.ty ipn ir ip.tw r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) ir(.t) im m Xr.t-nTr ist Hw sDb.w im m s r Xr.tw.f m.k w(i) kA.tn ip.tw.tn r nw nb ir.t im r srwD (m) sx.t r smH.y wDb.w r Xn.t Say n inm.tt r iAb.tt Ts pXr m.k wi kA.tn, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Bastet–ity, born (to) Renpet–nefert, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one is counted off to do all the works to be done there in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – ‘here I am,’ you shall say when you are counted off at any time to serve there, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to ferry the sand of the west to the east and vice–versa; ‘here I am,’ you shall say".
  • Related people
    Henry Rider Haggard (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

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  • 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


Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1925
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Rider Haggard

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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