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, indistinct and rubbed. The ears are simply defined, the left is higher than the right. The arms are fairly thin, 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 gently defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain, mostly around the ears, the sides of the face, and on the chest. 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: six lines; quite distinct; many of the hieroglyphs have varnish in them. Carved from wood and coated with black resin. Feet 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 ip.t[n] ir Wsir sty-mr.y-(n)-PtH [mAa-xrw] r ir.t kA.t nb(.t) irr.t [i]m (m) Xr.t-nTr wDb.w srwD sx.t r Xn.t n r is Hw sDb.w im m s r Xr.wt.f iry m.k kA.t m ? n ?, "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 – to irrigate the river banks, to cultivate the fields, to transport by boat the sand of the east to the west and vice–versa – now indeed obstacles are implanted there, as a man at his duties to work, ‘here I am,’ when ??".