About this object

An ‘overseer’ shabti wearing the short sleeved tunic and projecting triangular shaped apron of daily life. The head wears a plain bipartite or duplex wig with a seshed headband tied at the back added in black. Strands from the headband fall down the back of the figure and reach down to the ankles. The left arm hangs down by the side of the body, and the right arm is folded above the waist and carries a whip added in black. The face is simply defined and has the eyes with brows added in black. The lower legs and feet are indicated in the modelling. The shabti is very deep in profile. A vertical column of inscription is painted on the front of the apron, feet and legs. Although rather difficult to read with any degree of certainty the start of the owner’s named is perhaps Iset–?.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1069 BC - 945 BC (Dynasty 21)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    122 mm x 40 mm x 45 mm
  • Note
    Transliteration and translation of the inscription: Wsir As.t-?, “The Osiris, Iset–?”.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: 83 page illustrated catalogue of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Joseph Sams or Lord Valentia collections. The woodcut illustrations were produced by the noted Victorian illustrator and engraver, Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 catalogue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text. Much of this information was provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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