About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a fairly well carved plain tripartite wig which is quite voluminous and worn low on the forehead. The face is small and fairly round in shape. The eyes are poorly defined. The nose is broad and rubbed. The ears are very indistinct. The forearms are not modelled. The body is quite narrow and the buttocks are gently defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain on the wig, and behind the left upper arm.

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 with remains of resin coating. 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
  • Date made
    1294 BC - 1279 BC (Dynasty 19: Reign of Sety I)
  • Materials
    Wood; Varnish
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Valley of the Kings
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    202 mm x 55 mm x 37 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 sA Ra 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 n iAb.tt r imn.tt is Hw sDb.w n.f im m s r Xr.wt.f iry, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, the Son of Re, 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 by boat at any time the sand of the east to the west and vice–versa – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him – as for a man at his duties to work".
  • 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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