Shabti of Wah–ib–re–em–akhet



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The wig is worn low on the forehead. The arms emerge from a shroud and are crossed right over left on the chest. The hands hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the twisted rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The implements are boldly modelled in raised relief, with the exception of the basket that is rather poorly defined. The face is round in shape and the features are well modelled. The eyes have cosmetic lines, and brows clearly indicated. The mouth has a gentle smile. The ears are well worked although the right is larger than the left. The shabti stands upon a trapezoidal base, and against a dorsal pillar. The body of the shabti has a ‘T’–shaped incised inscription naming the owner as Wah–ib–Re. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir it-nTr rx-nsw.t nb pH.ty wn-r wAH-ib-ra-m-Ax.t ms (n) tA-(n.t)-Imn mAa.t-xrw, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, the God’s Father, the King’s Companion, Lord of Strength, wener–priest, Wah–ib–Re–em–akhet, born (to) Te(nt)–Amen justified". Sticker on the back reads, "Thomas Gabriel Bayfield, Norwich".