Shabti of Satmut card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Shabti of Satmut


Currently not on display


A mummiform shabti mould made from dried clay with an inscription added in black. The shabti wears a plain tripartite wig. The arms are crossed left over right on the chest. The hands hold a pair of small hoes that are also shown in relief. The face is quite small, with the details fairly well defined. Flat–backed with no trace of a basket being carried. A hieratic inscription is added in black on the front which read, “The Chantress of Amun, the Lady of the House, Satmut.”. An old label, originally attached to the back of another shabti for Satmut (accession number 56.5.78), says it was excavated at Gurob. The cemeteries at Gurob were excavated by Loat in 1904, and by Brunton and Engelbach in 1920. No shabtis for Satmut appear to be recorded in the publications that subsequently followed these excavations. Brunton and Engelbach comment that the main cemetery (Cemetery W) had been heavily plundered by antiquities dealers, resulting in the loss of ‘at least 500’ tombs. A parallel shabtis for Satmut are in the World Museum collection no. 56.5.78 (ex Tyndale collection); and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology no. UC 34368 (ex Tyndale collection).