FINELY DETAILED EGYPTIAN SHABTI
Measurements: 11.2 cm - height
Description: A very finely sculpted shabti in pale blue faience with a singular column of inscription giving the name of the owner. Details to the face, implements and hieroglyphs particularly finely rendered. This shabti wears a long tripartite wig and a beard. In his hands he has a pick without a cross bar and a narrow hoe and a cord. Shabtis are small mummy-shaped figures often inscribed with titles and names, sometimes including parentage of the person that made them as a part of funerary equipment. This one is of the fairly standard size, which is 10-20 cm in height. Shabtis are most numerous of all Egyptian antiquities. They were many of various materials: various types of stones, glass, bronze, wood and they were produced in a huge span of time, from 2000 BC to 30 BC. The changes in their iconography can be mirrored to those of coffins. This piece belongs to the Third Intermediate Period when their numbers flourished and they have become smaller in size. The typical material used in this period was faience.
Reference: according to text position: Type 7a in Janes, G., Shabtis, a private view, 2002; 102a-f.
Period: 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC
Condition: Very fine, intact, with small patches of discoloration.
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