Shabti of Djed–khonsu–iuef–ankh


Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black (now faint). The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes modelled in shallow relief and painted black. A square–hatched basket is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is simply modelled with eyes and eyebrows added in black. Around the legs are perhaps six rather indistinct vertical columns of hieroglyphs that seem to give a version of Chapter Six of the Book of the Dead. This is one of four shabtis for Djedkhonsuiwefankh in the World Museum collection. Parallel shabtis for Djedkhonsuiwefankh were in the National Museum of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (nos 260 & 355) until 2 September 2018 when they were lost in a fire that destroyed the museum. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Chipped, pitted, surface loss, surface dirt. Previously in the collection of Dr Herman Philip and Mrs Dora Philip of 32 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh.