Shabti of Bak–(en)–renef



Mummiform shabti wearing a voluminous plain tripartite wig and divine beard. The wig, that is worn high on the forehead, has traces of black paint or glaze. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pair of hoes. A small basket hangs from a rope carried behind the left shoulder. Although the face is small, the details are fairly well defined. The eyes are small, and the brows are pronounced. The ears are large and of unequal size, the right being larger than the left. The nose is quite long and slender, and the mouth has a faint smile. The shabti is supported by a dorsal pillar that extends the full length of the figure, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The body of the shabti has an incised inscription naming the owner as Bak–(en)–renef. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir sHD sm wr wAD.ty TA.ty bAk-(n)-rn.f mAa-xrw, "The Osiris, the sem–priest, the Great one of the Two Crowns, the Vizier, Bak–(en)–renef, justified". Bequest of Sir Rider Haggard, 1925.