Shabti of Wen-nefer



Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. A pair of small breasts are indicated in the modelling immediately below the front the lappets of the wig. The arms are crossed left over right above the waist, and the hands hold a pair of hoes added in black. The face is poorly modelled. Eyes and brows are added in black. A square–hatched trapezoidal basket is shown on the back of the shabti. A vertical column of extremely faint inscription on the front names the owner as Wen–nefer. The shabti is from Abydos, although museum records erroneously state that 52.55.120 is from Thebes. Shabtis for other owners with the name Wen–nefer are listed by Mace as being from tombs 32, 33 and 35, but the names are written differently and two are given titles. Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir Wn-nfr mAa-xrw, "The illuminated one, the Osiris, Wen–nefer, justified". From Abydos North Cemeteries: Cemetery D, Tomb 1. The Gilstrap collection was formed by Miss Gilstrap, who contributed funds to the British School of Archaeology in Egypt between 1900 and 1910. She was given a share of the excavated finds in return for the funding she provided.