Shabti of Wahibre



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The front lappets of the wig are long, and the beard is of equal length. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and hands emerge from a shroud to 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 face is quite narrow and the features are simply defined. The ears are large and positioned fairly high on the sides of the face. The left ear is larger than the right. The shabti stands upon a trapezoidal base, and against a dorsal pillar that has a slanting notch defining the bottom of the rear lappet of the wig. A vertical column of incised inscription on the front of the figure reads: The illuminated one, the Osiris, Wah–ib–Re, born to the Lady of the House, Iset–ir–dis, justified. Transliteration of the inscription: sHD Wsir wAH-ib-ra ir n nb.t-pr As.t-ir-di.s mAa-xrw, Little paper label with number 19 on the front and on the reverse another paper label 146. Ex collection of Sir J. Currie (no. 19) donated by D. H. Hanbury in 1941. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Worn, discoloured, surface dirt, labels adhered to surface, surface cracked.