Shabti of Iset-em-khebit



‘Overseer’ shabti wearing the kilt of everyday life with a projecting frontal apron. The figure wears a short wig painted black. The right arm is folded across the waist, and the left arm hangs down by the side. The right hand holds a whip added in black paint. The face has the eyes with brows added in black. The feet and legs are indicated in the modelling. The projecting apron bears the name of Osiris as a posthumous epithet of the owner, without recording the owner’s personal name itself. In certain museum collections, possessing equally anonymous ‘overseer’ figures of the same set, documentation uniformly attributes them to an Iset–em–Khebit. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir, "The Osiris". Label with printed text stuck to the base: "AST-EM-KHEB". The catalogue card states that the glaze has chipped away in places. Old label from Gilstrap Museum reads: "Figure from the tomb of Ast em Kheb, who was a cymbal player in the temple of the god Amen Ra at Thebes". The Gilstrap collection was formed by Miss Gilstrap, who contributed funds to the British School of Archaeology in Egypt between 1900 and 1910. She was given a share of the excavated finds in return for the funding she provided.