About this object

Mummiform shabti wearing a striated tripartite wig and a fairly broad plaited divine beard. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the 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. Cosmetic lines and eye brows are indicated in relief. The shabti is supported by a broad dorsal pillar, and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The body has eight horizontal bands of incised inscription.The owner of the shabti is named as Smen–Ptah–Psamtek.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 525 BC (Dynasty 26)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Henry Rider Haggard
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1925 before
  • Measurements
    183 mm x 51 mm x 37 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: i wSb.ty ipn ir ip.tw Wsir Smn-PtH-PsmTk ms n tA-Sry.t-(n)-sxm.t r ir.t kA(.t) nb(.t) ir(.t).Tn im m Xr.t-nTr iw.tw Hw sDb.w im m s r Xrt.f m.k w(i) kA.tn r nw nb ir.t {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 w[i kA.tn], "O, these shabtis when called for the Osiris, Smen–Ptah–Psamtek, born to Ta–sheryt–(n)–Sehkmet, to do all works that you do in the realm of the dead – one implants obstacles therewith – as a man at his duties, ‘here I am,’ you shall say at any time to serve there, to irrigate the river banks, to cultivate the fields, to ferry the sand of the west to the east and vice–versa; ‘here I am,’ [you shall say]".
  • Related people
    Henry Rider Haggard ( Collector, 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

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