Shabti of Iset-em-khebit



Fragmentary mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands hold a pair of hoes modelled in low relief and painted black. The face has large eyes with brows painted black. A large plain rectangular basket with short shoulder straps is painted on the back. The object is broken at the legs. A vertical column of inscription names the owner as Iset–em–Khebit. Shabtis for this owner are known to have come from Abydos with securely provenanced examples being found in museums in Batley and Blackburn. The name Iset–em–Khebit is sometimes written without the ‘n’ hieroglyph. The present shabti, as well as shabtis 36.119.112 and 53.99.14, are identified as belonging to the same owner because of the identical iconography and orthography, especially the large and simply outlined basket painted on the back of each figure. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir As.t-m-Ax-bi.t [mAa.t-xrw], "The Osiris, Iset–em–Khebit, [justified]".