About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a plain tripartite wig painted black. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest. No implements are shown and there is no basket on the back. The right arm is outlined in red, and there is a thick red line painted between the front lappets of the wig that suggests the upper strand of a wesekh–collar being worn across the chest. The face is simply modelled. The eyes and brows (?) are added in black although the paint is very faded. Thick red lines are painted on the back and sides of the body, itself being painted in white. A vertical column of inscription is added in black on the front of the shabti naming the owner as Wer–neray.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom (Ramesside Period)
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1186 BC (Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
    Wood; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    William Birkbeck
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    235 mm x 63 mm x 37 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: s[HD] Wsir nb.t-pr Wr-nry, "[The illuminated one], the Osiris, the Lady of the House, Wer–neray".
  • Related people
    Susan Maria Birkbeck ( Collector, previous owner); William Birkbeck ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • The Shabti Collections volume 6: a Selection from World Museum, Liverpool

    Janes, Glenn

    Author: Janes, Glenn
    Publisher: Olicar House Publications
    Date: 2016
    Description: Lavishly illustrated catalogue of inscribed and excavated shabtis from the collection of World Museum, Liverpool, with a six page foreword by the curator, Ashley Cooke, describing the history of the collection . For more details visit the publisher's website: http://www.shabtis.com/liverpoolcatalogue.php


Previous owners

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