About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a striated tripartite wig, and a plaited divine beard. 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 well modelled. The eyes have cosmetic lines and brows indicated in relief. Although damaged the nose is broad. The cheek bones are high and prominent, and the mouth has a slight smile but this is a little misaligned. The shabti stands against a dorsal pillar, and upon a trapezoidal base. The body has ten horizontal bands of incised inscription naming the owner as Tjai–Inheret–Imu, followed by Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.

Ex collection of Sir J. Currie donated by D. H. Hanbury in 1941.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    380 BC - 343 BC (Dynasty 30)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    James Currie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1937 before
  • Measurements
    199 mm x 53 mm x 36 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: sHD Wsir (i)r(.y)-pa.(t) HA.(ty)-a sS nsw.t Hsb.t x.t nb.(t) Hm-nTr TA-In-Hr.t-im.w ms (n) Mr-PtH-Hp mAa-xrw i wSb.ty ipn ir ip.tw Wsir r ir(.t) kA.t nb(.t) ir(.t) ? m Xr.t-nTr ist Hw sDb.w im m s r Xrt.f m.k (wi) kA.tn ip tn r nw nb ir(.t) im r srwD sx.t r smH.y wDb.w r Xn.t Say n imn.tt (r) iAb.tt Ts pXr m[.k wi kA.]tn, "The Osiris, the Hereditary noble, the Mayor, the Royal Scribe of the Accounts of all Offerings, the God’s Servant, Tjai–Inheret–Imu, born to Mer–Ptah–Hap, justified: O, these shabtis, if one is counted off, the Osiris (?), to do all the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – no indeed obstacles are implanted therewith – as a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ you shall say at any time to serve there, to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the river banks, to ferry the sand of the west to the east and vice–versa; ‘here I am,’ you shall say".
  • Related people
    James Currie ( Collector, previous owner); Daniel H Hanbury ( Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

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  • 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

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1941
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Daniel H Hanbury

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Currie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1937
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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