Shabti of Shak-sha - ROM2019_17387_5


Shabti of Shak-sha

Medium:Glazed composition (faience) and black paint
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-715 BC
Period: 21st-22nd Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
20.3 × 7.6 × 5.5 cm
Object number: 910.23.17
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionShabtis for Shak-sha are among the largest examples of this type of figurine known from Egypt’s Third Intermediate Period.  They were found in the north cemetery of Abydos and examples appear in museums in many cities, including Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester and Oxford. These mummiform figurines were placed in tombs in order to assist the deceased in the Afterworld with the deceased’s obligation for corvée labour.  This standing male figure has thinly modelled arms crossed right over left on the chest, each holding a hoe which would be used in this work.  A single column of black painted text runs down the front with very crude glyphs. These just give the name of the deceased “The Osiris Shak-sha, Justified.” He wears a lappet wig with fillet and streamers painted in black. Ears, eyes, nose and lips are all modelled; the eyes and eyebrows are indicated in black paint. There is no beard. On the back of the figure is painted a square mesh bag hung at the centre of the back under the wig by two cords. The figure has been repaired after being broken into several pieces with fractures below the knees, below the arms, and at neck. (S.B. Shubert)
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