Shabti of Bak–en–mut



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. A simply outlined rectangular basket with shoulder straps is painted on the back. The face is small and simply worked. Eyes with brows are added in black. They are positioned quite high on the face, and are widely spaced. A vertical column of inscription is added in black on the front of the shabti. The owner is named as Bak–en–Mut. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir BAk-n-Mw.t mAa-xrw, "The Osiris, Bak–en–Mut, justified". A parallel shabti for Bak–en–Mut is to be found in the Petrie Museum, London, accession no. UC 39894. Old label from Gilstrap Museum reads: "Ushabtiu figure of Bak en Mut a 'divine father' or priest of high rank, in the temple of the god Amen Ra at Thebes." 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.