Shabti of Sety I



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig rudimentarily carved. The face is fairly round in shape. The eyes are poorly defined. The nose is damaged. The ears are simply defined. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist. The body is quite broad and the buttocks are defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain especially on the chest, and around the face and 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; fairly indistinct. Carved from wood with remains of resin coating. Feet are missing. 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 [ir] aS.t ir ... sty-mr.y-(n)-PtH r ir.(t) kA(.t) [nb(.t)] r ir [im m] Xr.t-nTr srwD ... sx.t ... tn nb [i]s Hw ... [i]m m s, "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, to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – to cultivate the fields, … river banks … – now indeed, obstacles … therein. (?)".