Stick Shabti


Mummiform shabti of crude form. The grossly carved head has a beak–like protuberance at the front. The bottom of the head at the back and sides is indicated by horizontal cuts. There are no facial details. The shoulders of the figure are a little hunched, and the hips and buttocks are gently shaped. Feet are not modelled. The body of the shabti has five vertical columns of hieratic inscription added in black. Unfortunately the name of the owner is illegible, as is much of the other text that is a version of Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. The shabti is probably from the 1898–1899 excavations at Dra Abu el–Naga that were funded by the 5th Marquess of Northhampton, and led by Percy Newberry. Card says the object was within wooden coffin with shabti Transliteration and translation of the inscription: i SAwAb.ty ipn Wsir [...] tti kA.t [......] r Xn.t ? Say r [......] iry mk wi qA k, "O shabti counted (for) the Osiris, […] work [……] to transport by boat ? the sand of the east to the west … here I am when you call."