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 faint) vertical column of black painted hieroglyphs on the front reads, "Khonsu, justified". The name is not preceded by the usual epithet ‘The Osiris.’ 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). Transliteration and translation of the inscription: xns.w mAa-xrw,”Khonsu, justified”.