Shabti of Psamtek son of Sebarekhyt



Mummiform shabti wearing a striated tripartite wig, and a plaited divine beard which is damaged. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a hoe in the right, and a pick in the left. The left hand also holds the twisted rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The shabti has eight horizontal bands of incised inscription. The owner is named as Psamtek, born to Seba–rekhyt, followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: i wSb.ty ipn ir Wsir it-nTr psmTk ms n sbA-rxyt r ir(.t) kA.t nb(.t) ir.t n im m Xr.t-nTr Hw sDb.w im m s r Xr.t.f m.k w(i) r nw nb ir(.t) im r srwD sx.t r smH.y wDb.w r Xn.t Say n r Ts pXr m.k w(i) k(A).tn, "O these shabtis, if one counts off the Osiris, the God’s Father, Psamtek, born to Seb–rekhyt, to do all the works to be done there in the realm of the dead – one implants obstacles there – as a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ you shall say at any time to serve there, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to ferry the sand of the west to the east and vice–versa; ‘here I am,’you shall say". Ex collection of Sir J. Currie donated by D. H. Hanbury in 1941.