Shabti of Sety I



Mummiform shabti wearing a fairly well carved plain tripartite wig. The face is fairly round in shape; the eyes are poorly defined. The nose is broad and rubbed. The ears are very simply defined. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist. The body is quite broad and the buttocks are gently defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain, mostly across the chest, and around the outer extremities of the wig. 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; quite crisply carved. 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 r Hsb.t(w) sA Ra sty-mr.y-n-PtH mAa-xrw r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) irr.t [i]m (m) Xr.t-nTr srwD sx.t wDb.w r Xn.t Say n r is Hw sDb.w n.f im s r Xr.wt.f m.k m nw nb [i]m (m) Xr.t-nTr, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, 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 – to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west and vice–versa – now indeed, obstacles are implanted there for him, as for a man at his duties – ‘I am here’ you shall say, at any time, to serve there in the realm of the dead".