About this object

Green glazed faience mummiform shabti wearing a striated tripartite wig, and a plaited divine beard. 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 that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is fairly well modelled. Cosmetic lines and eyebrows are shown in relief. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. A vertical column of impressed hieroglyphic inscription on the front of the figure reads: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the imy–(khent), Sa–Iset, son of Wah–ib–Re, born (to) Tje–henet.

It appears that this owner had two types of shabti – ones with a vertical column of inscription on the front, like this example, and others with several horizontal bands of inscription giving a version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. As an imy–khent priest, Sa–Iset would have led the ceremonies and rituals associated with funerals and also in temples. Several shabtis whose owner’s have this title are known to have come from Mendes, so perhaps this can be tentatively be suggested as a provenance.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    380 BC - 343 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of A.J Rigby, 1963
  • Collector
    A J Rigby
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1963 before
  • Measurements
    130 mm x 37 mm x 25 mm
  • Related people
    A J Rigby (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • 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

Ownership

Previous owners

  • A J Rigby

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1963
    Disposal method: Donated
Object view = Humanities
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