Shabti of Sety I

42.18.24

On display

Mummiform shabti, missing its lower legs and feet, wearing a tripartite wig with striations added in black, and with horizontal bands across the lower ends of the lappets. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. Bracelets are worn on the right wrist. A wesekh–collar is painted across the chest showing five strands, the lowest ending in drop–shaped beads. A broad basket is painted on the back. The face is fairly well modelled. Eyes with brows are added in black paint. The shabti has marks on the back where it was separated by spacers from other shabtis in the kiln during the firing process, the purpose being to stop the shabtis from sticking together. These spacers were probably made of wood. The shabti is made of dark blue faience with black detailing. It has four horizontal bands of inscription. Translation of the inscription: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, … Seti, Beloved (of) Ptah, justified, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead ...