Shabti of Pa–mew



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig, and a plaited divine beard. The arms are crossed on the chest, and hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is simple defined, and is flanked by disproportionately large ears. The figure stands against a dorsal pillar, and upon a trapezoidal base. The dorsal pillar has a horizontal notch delineating the lower edge of the rear lappet of the wig. The body of the shabti has six horizontal bands of incised inscription, and, rather unusually, the dorsal pillar has a vertical column of inscription added in black. The owner is named as Pa–mew. The object is chipped in places. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir sS nsw.t pA-miw mAa-xrw i wSb.ty ipn ir Wsir sS nsw.t pA-miw mAa-xrw ? r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) ir im m Xr.t-nTr ist Hw sDb.w .... wn-r Hr-bs? ...., "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Royal Scribe, Pa–mew, justified: O, these shabtis, if one counts, the Osiris, the Royal Scribe, Pa–mew, justified, to do all the works that are there to be done in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles …. wener–priest Hor–bes? …." Marked with a previous collection number, C.662.