Shabti of Qenamun card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Shabti of Qenamun


On display


Mummiform shabti wearing a voluminous plain tripartite wig. The arms and hands are not indicated in the modelling. A wesekh–collar is worn across the chest comprising of four row of beads on strands. The face is well defined in the carving. The eyes have long cosmetic lines and brows in relief. The head has an upright pose with the chin being slightly raised. The face is flanked by a pair of well modelled ears. The shoulders and upper torso have six horizontal bands of neatly incised inscription naming the owner as Qenamun followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. Height does not include the modern marble plinth. Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Scribe, Qenamun, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts, Qenamun, to do all works to be done there in the realm of the dead – as a man at his duties – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west, if one counts concerning you, at any time daily, ‘here I am,’ you shall say.