About this object

Turquoise glazed faience shabti wearing a tripartite wig with widely spaced striations added in black. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black in varying degrees of clarity. The face is summarily modelled. Eyes are added as black dots. A vertical column of inscription on the front names the owner as Tanetamun. The back bears an inscription designating this figure to be an ‘overseer’ as Great of Ten. This shabti was in charge of ten worker shabtis in the role of an ‘overseer.’

This shabti is dated to the Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, by Schlögl, H & Brodbeck, A (Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten sammlungen der Schweiz, Göttingen, 1990), but, in view of the title Great of Ten, perhaps a New Kingdom date is preferred. By the Third Intermediate Period the true ‘overseer’ shabti with the dress of daily life was well established.

In 1967 it was marked with the Temporary Number 1967.195.7

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1186 BC - 1069 BC (Dynasty 20)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    J H T Dawson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1940 before
  • Measurements
    86 mm x 31 mm x 24 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir tA-n.t-Imn aA mDw, "The Osiris, Tanetamun. Great of Ten."
  • Related people
    J H T Dawson (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1940
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • J H T Dawson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1940
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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