Shabti of Ankh–es–en–iset



Mummiform shabti made of turquoise-blue glazed faience, wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black paint. A diamond–hatched trapezoidal basket with shoulder straps is painted on the back. The face is rudimentarily modelled, and has eyes with brows added in black. A vertical column of inscription on the front names the owner as Ankh–es–en–Iset. The catalogue card states that the faience is deteriorated and chipped in parts. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir nb.t-pr n Imn anx.s-n-As.t mAa.t-xrw, “The Osiris, the Lady of the House, the Chantress of Amun, Ankh–es–en–Iset, justified”. BSAE printed label stuck to the base: "ANKHI-EN-AST SINGER OF AMEN". Old label from Gilstrap Museum reads: "Figures from the tombs of Ankhi en Ast and Thent Sheda [52.55.157] who were both singers of the god Amen. A singer or singing woman was one of the priestesses of the god". 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.