Shabti of Khonsu


Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, no implements are carried. There is a line below the neck, perhaps denoting the upper row of a bead collar. Feet are indicated in the modelling curling gently forwards. The front of the shabti was made by being pressed into a mould, with the back being roughly flattened without any moulded or painted detail. A (now very faded) vertical column of black painted hieroglyphs on the front reads, "Khonsu, justified". The name is not preceded by the usual epithet ‘The Osiris.’ Transliteration and translation of the inscription: xns.w mAa-xrw,”Khonsu, justified”. This shabti is part of a group of shabtis for Khonsu which are recorded as coming from Esna but not noted by Dorothy Downes (The Excavations at Esna 1905 - 1906). This shabti is recorded as coming from tomb 255 along with an inscribed pottery coffin (no. which was destroyed in World War Two.