Shabti of Sheryt-re



Mummiform shabti wearing a tripartite wig with striations added in yellow on a black ground that covers the whole figure. The ends of the lappets, which are very long, have three horizontal lines painted on them. The arms are crossed above the waist, and the hands, which are outlined in yellow, hold a pair of very small hoes that are added in yellow. Bracelets are worn on the wrists. A pair of baskets are carried, one behind each shoulder, and also wrapping around the side of the upper arms. The face is small, and the carving is not very refined. A broad wesekh–collar is worn across the chest comprising of four rows of beads. The body of the shabti has seven horizontal rows of inscription added in yellow that names the owner as Sheryt–Re, followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. It is possible that this shabti comes from Deir el-Medina. The name Sheryt–Re occurs several times in tombs at Deir el–Medina, but none are recorded as having the title Lady of the House. Another occurrence, without a title, is found on a fragment from a stela, recorded as dating from the 20th Dynasty, which was excavated in the south west part of Deir el–Medina in 1912 by Émile Baraize. The fragment is now in Cairo Museum (JE 43573). Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir nb.t-pr Sry.t-Ra mAa(.t)-xrw Dd.s i SAwAb.ty ip(.tw) iry Wsir Sry.t-Ra m kA(.t) nb(.t) ir.t (im) m Xr.t-nTr ist Hw sDb.w im m s r Xr.wt.f srwD sx.t wDb.w r Xn.t say n [ r], "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Lady of the House, Sheryt–Re, justified, she speaks: O, these shabtis if one counts, if one reckons, the Osiris, Sheryt–Re to do all works to be done in the realm of the dead – now indeed obstacles are implanted there – as a man at his duties, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to transport by boat the sand of the [east to the west]".