Shabti of the God's Wife Maatkare - ROM2019_17387_39


Shabti of the God's Wife Maatkare

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Probably from Luxor (ancient Thebes), Egypt. Most likely from the Royal Cache (TT 320)
Date: c. 1069-945 BC
Period: Reign of High Priest Pinudjem, 21st Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
11.2 × 4.4 × 2 cm
Object number: 957.136
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionMoulded of turquoise-glazed faience, this small figure was meant to answer for its owner if she was called on to carry out corvée labor in the afterlife. It is inscribed for the god's wife of Amun Maatkare, the daughter of the High Priest of Amun, Pinedjem I of the 21st Dynasty.  It would have been one of over 400 such shabti figures buried with her mummy in the royal cache (TT 320) at Deir el-Bahri. Her eyes, eye brows and wig (both the front lappets and the back) are painted black. She has a small unpainted uraeus in the centre of her forehead. Her arms are crossed right over left below her breasts and she holds a hoe in each hand.  She carries a mesh seed bag in the centre of her back which hangs from two straps visible only on the back.  A horizontal groove below her waist at the back divides the figure into two sections. The inscription in black hieroglyphs, framed with two black vertical lines, is written down the front of the figure ending on her feet.
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