Shabti of Herdsman Paiw - 927.16.3_1


Shabti of Herdsman Paiw

Medium:Limestone, carved and painted
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1069 BC
Period: 19th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
13.4 x 3.8 cm
Object number: 927.16.3
Not on view

One of a group of four shabtis of the Herdsman Paiw which were given to the ROM by G. Hornblower. These small mummiform figurines were placed in his tomb in order to assist the deceased in the Afterworld with corvée labour, as detailed in Spell 6 of The Book of the Dead. These four shabtis are characterized by being made of stone, being cylindrical in shape, and having details painted in black. This shabti shows the beginning of carving on the arms, outlined with black paint.  This suggest that these figurines may not have been fully finished when placed in the tomb.

The face of this shabti is roughly carved with modelled nose, mouth, and chin.  The eyes have been added as black dots. There is no beard. The lappet wig is painted black with a straight back and pointed front lappets. An incision with traces of black paint marks the edge of the wig across the forehead. The ears are not indicated.  The right hand is holding a broad hoe drawn in black paint which hangs over the left shoulder. The hands are in fists. The area where the kilt should be is damaged. Black lines from under the arms seem to have originally run vertically down each side, towards the flat base but are not entirely preserved. The feet are missing. A single line of vertical text with the shabti formula is painted on the back of the figure.

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