Shabti of Bak–en–khonsu



Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with striations added in black. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest. The hands hold a pair of hoes added in black but these are only very faintly discernable. A small basket with vertical line detail is carried from straps on the back of the figure. The face is rather poorly modelled. Any details, such as the eyes with brows, are hardly visible. The back of the legs are shaped. A vertical column of a rather faded inscription on the front of the shabti gives the name of the owner as Bak–en–Khonsu. The name is preceded by the Htp-di-nsw offering formula which is rather unusual for this period. This formula is found on funerary stauettes dating from the Middle Kingdom, and the Second Intermediate Period. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Htp-di-nsw Wsir BAk-n-xns.w mAa-xrw, "A boon which the king gives to the Osiris, Bak–en–Khonsu, justified". CONDITION NOTE 1998: Very worn, chipped, white flecks on surface, surface dirt.