Shabti of Ankh-en-ptah



Blue glaze faience mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig that has quite narrow lappets at the sides of the face. A thick seshed headband, tied at the back, is painted in black around the wig. The arms are crossed above the waist. The left hand holds a hoe, and the right holds a crook, both being added in black. A large basket with broad shoulder straps is painted on the back of the shabti. The face is simply worked. The eyes are highlighted with black paint. A vertical column of black hieroglyphs reads: "The Osiris, the God’s Father of Amun, Ankh–en–Ptah". One of the previous owners, Amy Urlin, assisted W. M. F. Petrie on his excavation of the cemetery at Abydos in 1901 and this shabti may have been aquired at this time. There are parallel shabtis for the same person in the Petrie Museum, London [UC40276a, UC40276b and UC40277]. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Chipped, pitted, worn, surface dirt.