Shabti of Pa-di-neith



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The arms are crossed on the chest, and the hands hold a pick in the left and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the cord of a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is oval and the ears are disproportionately large. The eyes are large and almond–shaped with high arching brows modelled in relief. The shabti is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The body of the figure has nine horizontal bands of an incised inscription. The owner is named as Pa–di–Neith, followed by rather indistinct and garbled version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. Translation of the inscription: Recitation (by) the illuminated one, the Osiris, the Chief Steward of the Divine Adoratrice, Pa–di–Neith, justified, born to Ta–di–Bastet, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts the Osiris, Pa–di–Neith, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – [as a man at his duties]?, ‘here I am,’ you shall say ???? ‘here I am,’ ???.