About this object

Mummiform bichrome glazed shabti wearing a tripartite wig and a divine beard that is deep blue in colour. A fold is shown in the modelling of the wig above the forehead. The lower edges of the lappets have horizontal line decoration. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The hands themselves have large thumbs. A basket is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is quite square in shape and it has a knobbly chin. The eyes are bulging, the noses are large, and the mouth has a slight smile. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands on a trapezoidal base. Although it is not inscribed it was made for a man named Ta-sheryt-net-tekri. The owner had two types of shabtis - small uninscribed ones like this one, and taller inscribed ones. We have a parallel in our collection, no. 44.19.23. The shabti was donated to the Museum 1956 but was not accessioned until 2014. It had previously been stuck within a mahogany presentation box and the Museum considered it to be a forgery.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    332 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr A. Blamire, 1956
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    96 mm x 28 mm x 25 mm

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  • 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

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