Shabti of Tameret



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig painted black with traces of green wax. The rear lappet of the wig is short and ends at the back of the neck. The hands meet on the chest. The arms and hands are outlined in black and covered with green wax. Bracelets are painted on the wrists. No implements are carried, although a rectangular basket with vertical line detail is painted on the back of the shabti. The face is simply shaped and disproportionately large. Large eyes with brows are added in black. The feet appear to be denoted by short vertical black lines, again covered in green wax. Vertical black lines with a covering of wax extend up the sides of the figure, with shorter lines flanking the basket. A vertical column of crudely painted hieroglyphs on the back of the shabti reads, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Ta–meret.". The inscription also has green wax on top of the black paint. A parallel shabti for Ta–meret is to be found in the Vatican Museum (no. 19339).