Shabti of Ankh–ef–(en)–khonsu



Mummiform clay shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes that are faintly suggested in the modelling. The crudely modelled face has eyes indicated with incised points. A square–hatched rectangular basket with shoulder straps is carried on the back added in brownish–black paint. The shabti is painted in a light blue wash, most noticeable around the face, and on the chest. Elsewhere the colour has faded to bluish–white. A vertical column of inscription on the front of the shabti names the owner as Ankh–ef–(en)–Khonsu. Parallel examples in Manchester are securely recorded as coming from the Ramesseum at Thebes. Label on the back reads: "Divine father of Amen ANKH EF KHONSU". The catalogue card states that the paint is worn. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir anx.f(-n)-xns.w mAa-xrw, "The Osiris, Ankh–ef–(en)–Khonsu, justified". Old label from Gilstrap Museum reads: "Figures found in the tombs of Ankh ef Khonsu and Pa User Amen, at Thebes. Both were priests in temples of the god Amen, and both held the rank of 'divine father of Amen', - an important position". The Gilstrap collection was formed by Miss Gilstrap, who contributed funds to the British School of Archaeology in Egypt between 1900 and 1910. She was given a share of the excavated finds in return for the funding she provided.