Shabti of Djedkhonsu



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. The headband is fairly faint in parts due to surface wear in which a yellow paint applied to low-fired clay is very worn away. The arms are crossed left over right above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes that are modelled in relief and painted black. A square–hatched basket with shoulder straps is carried on the back. A vertical inscription in hieroglyphs reads: “The Osiris, the wab–priest of Amun, Djedkhonsu, justified”. Excavation source is not recorded but Glenn Janes noted that in Manchester Museum shabtis for someone called Tentamun, a chantress of Amun, also painted yellow, and these are recorded as coming from the Ramesseum at Thebes. This may be a possible provenance for the shabtis of Djedkhonsu. The name is listed by the excavator James Quibell, but unfortunately no titles are given, so until a recorded parallel is found this can only be a supposition. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Very worn, surface loss, yellow pigment very powdery, surface dirt.