Shabti of Djed-mut


Mummiform shabti mould made from pale green glazed faience. The shabti wears 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 basket is modelled in relief on the back. The face is rudimentarily modelled with details added in black. The mouth painted in black, and there also appears to be a moustache, unless this is just a badly drawn mouth. If a moustache is intended, then this is also very unusual, especially on shabtis for a female owner. Broken at the neck and mended. A vertical column of hieroglyphs on the front reads, “The Osiris, Djed–Mut, justified”. From the Egyptian Research Account excavations directed by John Garstang, 1900, Abydos north cemeteries, cemetery E.