Shabti - ROM2019_17387_19

ROM2019_17387_19

Shabti

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
Dimensions:
19.5 × 6.2 × 3.5 cm
Object number: 910.23.65
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionMummiform shabti made of pale green faience with details in black.  Figure wears a plain tripartite black wig with long front lappets to the same level as a long black modelled beard. The back lappet of the wig is separated from the dorsal pillar by a horizontal notch.  Another horizontal line separates the front of the wig from the face with well modelled features of eyebrows, eyes, nose, cheeks, chin and mouth.  The wig wraps around the ears on either side of the face.  The arms are crossed above the waist and the hands are moulded in relief as if emerging from a shroud. The left hand holds a pick and the right hand holds a narrow hoe as well as a cord for a checkered basket or mesh bag held over the left shoulder. The figure is supported by a dorsal pillar and stands on a trapezoidal plinth.  Seven irregular horizontal lines of black glazed text decorate the front of the figure between the arms and the feet.  The text begins “O shabti”.
Collection:
Egypt
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