Shabti of Royal Treasurer Imhotep - ROM2019_17387_29


Shabti of Royal Treasurer Imhotep

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Probably from Saqqara, Egypt
Date: c. 664-404 BC
Period: Probably 26th (Saite) or 27th (Persian) Dynasty, Late Period
15 × 4.1 × 3.2 cm
Object number: 933.7.33
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Johnson and Miss MacLaren
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
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. The vertical panel on the front of this figure indicates that it belongs to the Royal Treasurer Imhotep, born of Isis-weret. This shabti is made of pale green faience with some brown discolouration. The figure wears a tripartite wig with back separated from the plain dorsal pillar by a horizontal incision.  His eyes, nose, ears and lips are carefully modeled. His long plaited beard indicates his divine status. His arms are crossed at the chest. His right hand holds narrow hoe and cord which leads to a square mesh bag with circular handle hanging over his left shoulder. His left hand holds an adze. These tools attest to the agricultural labour that the shabti would be expected to perform in the Afterlife. The shabti stands on a small pedestal attached in the back to the dorsal pillar.
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