ANCIENT EGYPTIAN PALE FAIENCE SHABTI
Measurements: 13.7 cm – height, 3.6 cm - width
Description: A large faience shabti in pale turquoise, featuring a dorsal pillar, tripartite wig and plaited beard. Arms crossed right to left on the chest; hands protrude from a close fitting shroud to hold in his right hand a pick and in the left a hoe and the chord for a basket which is suspended behind the left shoulder. A vertical band of hieroglyphics runs down the body.
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 that is 10-20 cm in height. Shabtis are the 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. In the period to which this shabti belongs they have become known as ushebtis (‘answerers’) and were mostly inscribed with Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.
Reference: according to text position: Type 6 in Janes, G., Shabtis, a private view, 2002. Janes, G., Shabtis, a private view, 2002, no. 96.
Period: 30th Dynasty, 380-343 BC
Condition: Very fine.