Shabti of Sety I



Mummiform shabti wearing a fairly well carved plain tripartite wig with long lappets, worn quite low on the forehead. The face is fairly round in shape. The eyes are poorly defined. The nose is broad but damaged. The ears are simply defined. The arms are clearly crossed right over left above the waist. The shabti does not carry implements in its hands and there is no basket on the back. The body is quite broad and the buttocks are defined. Traces of varnish remain especially on the chest, and around the ears. The shabti is inscribed with the throne name of the pharaoh Sety I, Menmmatra, within a cartouche and with the 6th Chapter of the Book of the Dead. Inscription: six lines; quite distinct; traces of varnish lie within the hieroglyphs. Carved from wood with remains of resin coating. One of fifteen wooden shabtis of Sety I in World Museum's collection. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir nsw.t Mn-MAa.t-Ra mAa-xrw Dd.f i SAb.ty [i] ir aS.t ir Wsir sA Ra sty-mr.y-n-PtH mAa-xrw r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) irr.t [i]m (m) Xr.t-nTr is Hw sDb.w i s r Xr.wt.f m.k i??? nw nb srwD sx.t wDb.w, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, the Osiris, the Son of Re, Seti, Beloved of Ptah, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted there for him … as for a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ at any time, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks".