Shabti of Ta-at


Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig painted black. The arms are crossed above the waist. The hands do not appear to carry hoes although these may be extremely faintly suggested in the modelling. A simply outlined basket is painted in black on the back of the shabti. The face is crudely worked. The eyes with brows are added in black. A vertical column of inscription is added on the front of the figure although this is now mostly illegible. Museum records state that the owner of this shabti is Ta–at, and that it comes from the excavations undertaken by John Garstang at Abydos. There is no mention of the name Ta–at in Garstang’s published list of names found on inscribed objects which includes shabtis.