Shabti of Sety I



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig rudimentarily carved, worn low on the forehead. The face is small and fairly round in shape; the eyes are large but poorly defined. The nose is heavily rubbed. The ears are simply defined. The arms are 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 fairly broad and the small buttocks are gently defined. Only a few traces of varnish remain, mostly around the hands, and the left side 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: seven lines; fairly distinct; several hieroglyphs have varnish in them. Carved from wood and coated with black resin. 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 Wsir 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 i r Xr.wt.f m.k i Hr.t nw r n pt.w nb ?? srwD sx.t r wDb.w ... kA.t tn, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the King, Men–Maat–Re, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if one calls, if one reckons, the Osiris, 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 for him, as a man at his duties – ‘here I am’ you shall say, … – to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, … ‘here I am.’"