Shabti box lid - ROM2019_17136_5


Shabti box lid

Medium:Wood, gesso, paint
Geography: Probably from Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt
Date: c. 716-656 BC
Period: 25th (Kushite) Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
24.9 x 12.7 cm
Object number: 948.34.163.B
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
Not on view

Lid of box used to contain shabtis or funerary figurines to aid with labour in the Afterlife. As typical for this type of box, the top of the lid is decorated with a representation of a single boat under sail on a black strip of water. The hull and mast are painted yellow, while the steering oar is red and the sail is dark. The boat representation is likely connected with the pilgrimage of the deceased to Abydos, a site sacred to the god Osiris which would aid the deceased to associate with this god and join the ranks of the blessed dead in the Afterlife. Two holes with cylindrical dowels attach the lid to the box. These dowels, broken in centre, remain imbedded in the wood, ends projecting.

The owner of box was Ta-di-Re, daughter of the Priest of Montu, lord of Thebes, Hor, her Mother was S-rw (?)

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