Shabti of Bak-en-khonsu card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Shabti of Bak-en-khonsu


Currently not 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 is painted on the back. The face is rather poorly modelled. The eyes with brows are added in black. 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. Label with printed text stuck to the back: "BAK-EN-KHONSU DIVINE FATHER OF AMEN". See 52.55.154; 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.