Shabti of Djed-bastet-iwef-ankh



The upper part of a mummiform shabti wearing tripartite wig painted black. A sashed headband is shown incised on the front of the wig above the forehead. The arms are crossed on the chest, and there are very faint traces of paint used to show a pair of hoes held in the hands. A simply outlined basket is added in black behind the left shoulder. The face is quite large and has details of the eyes, brows, nose and mouth all being comparatively well modelled in relief. Other known parallels that are complete, have an inscription added in black on the back of the shabti naming the owner as Djedbastetiwefankh (Petrie Museum, London no. UC 40054 and the Egypt Centre, Swansea no. W659). Marked on the back in ink with the collector's number 360. The collector, John Droop, participated in the 1911-1912 excavation season of the Egypt Exploration Fund at Abydos, under the direction of T. Eric Peet. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Incomplete, worn, pitted , surface dirt.