Shabti of Hor–em–saf card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Shabti of Hor–em–saf


Currently not on display


Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig, and a divine beard that is longer than the front lappets of the wig. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The modelling of the implements is poor, the pick in particular is quite indistinct. The right hand also hold the rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The head is raised, and the face is square in shape. Long eye brows are modelled in shallow relief. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar, and it stands upon a trapezoidal base. The shabti has three vertical columns of rather poorly defined inscription. The owner is named as Hor–em–saf. The Liverpool shabti for Hor-em-saf does not appear to have ‘born to,’ or ‘Ar’ written on the inscription unless the hieroglyphs are so indistinct that they are not identifiable. Ex collection of Sir J. Currie donated by D. H. Hanbury in 1941. Record card has a note "Bought in Bristol". Until 2008 was stuck to a wooden plinth with sticker "27" on front (Currie's collection number).