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 quite faint) 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”. Hand copy of the inscription and a sketch of the object on a sheet of paper made by Prof. Percy Newberry in the archive. 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).