Shabti of Ankh-pef-hery - 910.23.58_3


Shabti of Ankh-pef-hery

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Probably from el-Hibeh, Egypt
Date: c. 380-343 BC
Period: 30th Dynasty, Late Period
11.2 x 3.1 x 2.3 cm
Object number: 910.23.58
Not on view

The pale green glaze, facial features, back pillar and six horizontal rows of text all indicate that this mummiform shabti dates to the 30th Dynasty, in Egypt’s Late Period. Shabtis are small human-form figurines placed in tombs to assist the deceased in the Afterworld with corvée labour. The six horizontal lines of text give the name and titles of the deceased and a passage from chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead.  They read: Illuminate the Osiris Ankh-pef-hery, born of (the Lady) Ter. He says: O this shabti, if one should count the Osiris Ankh-pef-hery in order to perform all works, (such as) ferrying sand from the west to the east and vice-versa. "Here I am" you shall say. This shabti is equipped for work in the Afterlife, holding a narrow hoe and cord in his right hand and an adze in his left hand. A long rectangular mesh bag with circular handle hangs over his left shoulder.

The shabtis of Ankh-pef-hery were excavated by Grenfell and Hunt of the Egypt Exploration Fund at the site of el-Hibeh in Middle Egypt in 1902-3. Other shabtis of Ankh-pef-hery are found in museums in Bolton, Cambridge, Manchester, and Oxford in England, as well as in Dublin, Ireland. They all have the tripartite wig, divine beard and stand on a plinth or base.

Object History: Probably excavated by Grenfell and Hunt (1902-3)
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