Shabti of Bak-en-khonsu

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On display

Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. The arms are crossed left over right on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. A large rectangular diamond–hatched basket with shoulder straps is painted on the back. The face is rather poorly modelled. The eyes with brows are added in black, but barely discernible. A vertical column of painted inscription on the front names the owner as Bak–(en)–Khonsu. The inscription is to be read from left to right, a notable exception to the rule, and during the Third Intermediate Period is only to be found on a few shabti groups. Excavated by John Garstang for the Egyptian Research Account. John Garstang, El Arabah: A Cemetery of the Middle Kingdom; Survey of the Old Kingdom Temenos; Graffiti from the Temple of Sety (London, 1901)