Overseer shabti - ROM2019_17387_47


Overseer shabti

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1069 BC
Period: 19th-20th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, New Kingdom
16.2 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm
Object number: 910.23.2
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionShabtis are small human-form figuines placed in tombs to assist the deceased inn the afterworld as detailed in Spell 6 of The Book of the Dead. In the 19th Dynasty this new form of shabti wearing the dress of daily life was introduced, perhaps to represent the rebirth of the deceased as a ‘sah’ or enlightened one. This example is slightly discoloured, but was made of a dark blue faience with details painted in black. The back of the figure is basically flat, although there is a horizontal demarcation for the back of the wig. The pleats of the wide sleeves do not extend to the back of the figure. The arms are crossed over the chest with the right over the left and the hands held in fists. Although not very clear, he seems to be holding a flagellum in each hand, the one in the right hand being clearer against the folds of the sleeve. The navel is indicated above the waist line of the kilt which is painted in black. The kilt goes down to just above the ankles with vertical pleats on the front and horizontal pleating indicated on the sides. A vertical column of painted text is in the center of the kilt. There is no plinth, with the feet being indicated only by a small projection.
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