About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig rudimentarily carved with narrow front lappets and worn low on the forehead. The face is fairly round in shape, the eyes are poorly defined. The nose is wide, fairly bulbous and rubbed. The ears are simply defined. The arms are fairly thin, crossed right over left above the waist. The body is quite broad and the buttocks are gently defined. Traces of varnish remain, mostly behind the upper arms, and the sides of the face.
The shabti is inscribed with the throne name of the pharaoh Sety I, Menmmatra, within a cartouche and with the 6th Chapter of the Book of the Dead. Carved from wood and coated with black resin.
One of fifteen wooden shabtis of Sety I in World Museum's collection.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Valley of the Kings
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Varnish; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Valley of the Kings
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    207 mm x 57 mm x 39 mm
  • Note
    Inscription: six lines; quite distinct. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir nsw.t Mn-MAa.t-Ra mAa-xrw Dd.f i SAb.ty ip.t[n] ir aS.t ir Hsb.tw sty-mr.y-(n)-PtH mAa-xrw r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) irr.t [i]m (m)Xr.t-nTr srwD sx.t r smH.yt wDb.w r Xn.t Say sDb.w n.f im m s r Xr.wt.f r m.k kA.t m nw nb, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, Seti, Beloved (of) Ptah, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport sand – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him, as for a man at his duties, ‘I am here’ at any time".
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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