Shabti of Bakenkhonsu


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 faded 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. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir it-nTr n Imn BAk-(n)-xns.w mAaxrw, “The Osiris, the God’s Father of Amun, Bak–(en)–Khonsu, justified”. Recorded in the register as Nesi-pas-hor, divine father of Amun. From Abydos [North Cemeteries:Cemetery E, tomb 296] excavated by John Garstang for the Egyptian Research Account. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Very worn, surface loss, chipped, pitted, discoloured, surface dirt.