Shabti of Ankh–es–en–iset


Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig. The arms are crossed above the waist although these are only summarily modelled. There is a faint trace of a hoe added in paint on the right shoulder that would have been mirrored on the other side although no trace remains. The face is poorly defined. The back of the shabti is flat and has a vertical column of hieroglyphs in black reads: “The Osiris, the Chantress of Amun, Ankh–es–en–Iset, justified”. The shabti is from the excavations undertaken by Petrie at a site close to Tell Nabasha known as Tell Zuwelên where Petrie found a tomb with about fifty small shabti for a female musician called Ankh–es–en–Iset. A parallel shabti for Ankh–es–en–Iset is to be found in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London (UC 40053). Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir (n) Imn anx.s-(n)-As.t mAa.t-xrw, "The Osiris, the Chantress of Amun, Ankh–es–en–Iset, justified". CONDITION NOTE 1998: Surface dirt, running cracks, surface loss, pitted, discolouration, worn.