Shabti card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum



On display


Mummiform figure with white body, broad collar, long blue wig, painted beard and red skin. Probably a shabti, but could be a model of the deceased. A new accession number was given in 1967 after the original number had been lost. In 1939 the object was removed from display and an entry appears for it on the evacuation list of objects sent to Mr Shaw, Fron House, Llangollen, Wales: “List No. 1370 Inst. Arch Shawabti - wood. Contents of Vent Case 55/ Pier Case 29.” Pencil mark seems to say 483 (8 being uncertain) or 463 or 488 or 886. Is this a previous accession number of the Institute of Archaeology? Could it be from Abydos? Tomb 886 A'09 contained "large number of wooden figures" and tomb 8 A'06 contained "small ushabti figures"; Sir Francis Danson was allotted a wooden shabti from the 1906 season and gave it to the Institute. Could this be it? Or perhaps it’s not a shabti and is a model uncovered at Beni Hasan/Speos Artemidos: in Garstang’s ‘Burial Customs’ (1907) p. 244 “No. 1,002. Pit. i Wooden figure, probably representing embalmed body in a funeral barge.”