Shabti of Psamtek



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and divine beard. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left and a hoe in the right. The implements are only summarily modelled. A basket is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is small and the details are poorly defined. The shabti is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. A vertical column of incised inscription on the front of the figure names the owner as Psamtek. On a modern base with painted text, "Psamthek. Captain of Soldiers. 450 BC". Transliteration and translation of the inscription: (sH)D Wsir im.y-r mSa psmTk mAa-xrw, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the General, Psamtek, justified". Height is taken from the top of the base, so the measurement will be a little short of the true height of the shabti.