Overseer shabti - 910.23.9_1


Overseer shabti

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 945-715 BC
Period: 22nd-24th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
8 x 2.3 cm
Object number: 910.23.9
Not on view
DescriptionShabtis are small human-form figurines placed in tombs to assist the deceased in the afterworld with corvée labour, as detailed in Spell 6 of The Book of the Dead. This example is made from faience in an open mould and is a characteristic type of the Third Intermediate Period.  It is a male figure wearing a long garment wrapped under the arms and extending almost to the ankles. The left arm is held across the body at the waist and in the fist grasps a long staff held vertically and a whip rendered in raised relief. The right arm is held vertically at the man’s side ending in a hand perhaps holding a small object, such as a seal. These elements indicate that the figure represents an overseer (or reis) represented with the dress and accoutrements of everyday life. There is no text indicating for whom the shabti was made. 
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