Shabti of Ipetnofret card

Shabti of Ipetnofret


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Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with striations indicated in the modelling. The arms are crossed above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes that are somewhat faintly depicted. The left hand also holds the rope for a narrow, square–hatched basket that is carried behind the right shoulder. The face of the shabti is quite broad and flanked by a large pair of ears. The body of the shabti has four horizontal bands of an incised inscription, with a vertical column on the front. The owner is named as Ipet–nofret, followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Osiris, Ipet–nofret, son of Hor–iw, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one is counted off, if one is reckoned to do all the works there in the realm of the dead, to irrigate …. by boat sand". (Although the figure is made for a female, the standard phraseology “he says” is not changed with a feminine suffix pronoun).