Shabti of Sety I



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig rudimentarily carved with broad front lappets, worn low on the forehead. The face is defective. The eyes and nose are missing. The ears are barely discernable. The arms are rather indistinct, 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 at the hips then tapering down the feet, and the buttocks are faintly defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain, mostly across the chest, and on the sides of the face. The shabti is inscribed with the throne name of the pharaoh Sety I, Menmmatra, within a cartouche and the 6th Chapter of the Book of the Dead. Inscription: five lines; fairly distinct. 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 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 s r Xr.wt.f m.k kA.t ???, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re,justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, 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 – ‘I am here’ [you shall say] ???".