Shabti of God's wife Maatkare - ROM2019_17387_41


Shabti of God's wife Maatkare

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Probably from Luxor (ancient Thebes), Egypt. Most likely from the Royal Cache (TT 320)
Date: c. 1069-945 BC
Period: Reign of High Priest Pinudjem, 21st Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
11.8 × 4.1 × 2.7 cm
Object number: 965.80.2
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionMoulded of turquoise-glazed faience, this small figure was meant to answer for its owner if she was called on to carry out corvée labor in the afterlife. It is inscribed for the god's wife of Amun Maatkare, the daughter of the High Priest of Amun, Pinedjem I of the 21st Dynasty.  It would have been one of over 400 such shabti figures buried with her mummy in the royal cache (TT 320) at Deir el-Bahri The figure is mould-made of turquoise blue faience with a basically flat back. Her eyes, eyebrows and wig (both the front lappets and the back) are painted black. In the centre of the forehead is a raised unpainted uraeus. Her moulded arms are crossed right over left below her breasts; she holds a painted hoe in each hand. She carries a mesh seed bag or basket in the centre of her back which hangs from two straps visible only on the back. An inscription in black hieroglyphs, framed with two black vertical lines is written down the front of the figure ending on her feet.
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