About this object

Green glaze ‘overseer’ shabti wearing a tripartite wig although the rear lappet is not indicated in the modelling. Breasts are modelled below the front lappets of the wig. The usual pose for an ‘overseer’ shabti is to have one arm held across the chest, and the other hanging by the side of the body. However, on this example the arms are crossed right over left, and hold a pair of hoes, the same as shown on the worker shabtis. This suggests a possible modification to make a worker into an ‘overseer’ by applying a projecting kilt to the front of the body. A vertical column of hieroglyphs on the front of the legs below the projecting apron names the owner Ankh–ef–(en)–Khonsu. From the excavations of John Garstang at Abydos, 1907.

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 Mrs Daisy Weaver, 1958
  • Collector
    P W Weaver
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1907
  • Measurements
    101 mm x 37 mm x 25 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir anx.f-(n)-xns.w mAa-xrw, “The Osiris, Ankh–ef–(en)–Khonsu, justified”.
  • Related people
    John Burges Eustace Garstang (Previous owner); Daisy Weaver (Previous owner); P W Weaver (Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Daisy Weaver

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1958
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • P W Weaver

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

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