Shabti of Tenro



A shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig that has long front lappets that are of unequal length, and the dress of daily life, comprising of a long, protruding triangular–shaped apron. A tunic does not seem to be worn as sleeves are not indicated. The arms are crossed right over left above the waist. The hands, which are quite large, do not carry implements or amulets as are sometimes found on shabtis wearing the dress of daily life. There is no basket on the back. The face of the shabti is rounded in shape, and the details are only summarily defined in the modelling. The face is flanked by a large pair of asymmetrically positioned ears. The right ear is broader than the left. The body of the figure has five horizontal bands of an incised inscription, and a vertical column on the front of the apron. The owner is named as Tenro, followed by a version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. Translation of the inscription: "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Tenro, justified"; "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Tenro, justified, he speaks: O, these shabtis, if you are reckoned, if ?? to do all the works that are to be done in the realm of the dead – to cultivate the fields". Ex Frederick George Hilton Price collection, sold at Sotheby's, London, 12-17 July 1911.