An Egyptian Ushabti for the Overseer of the army Horkhebi, 26th Dynasty ca. 664 -525 BCE
EU1305Regular price $2,000 USD
A good green glazed faience ushabti, moulded in mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig and plaited divine beard. The face is well defined with a grin, the arms are crossed on the chest, hands protrude from a shroud to hold a flail in each fist, the right hand also holding a twisted rope connected to a seed sack behind the left shoulder. A vertical column of incised text at the front reads: "Illuminate the Osiris, overseer of the army Horkhebi, born of Hathor ", the back also incised at the top of the shallow dorsal pillar that reads: "Hathor"
Shabti were figures placed in ancient Egyptian tombs in order to serve the deceased in the afterlife. They hold objects (in this case flails and a basket) that they will use to work, and are carved with inscriptions; usually a passage from the Book of the Dead.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or breaks, comes with custom mount.
Dimensions: Height: 5 inches (12.7 centimeters)
Provenance: Private NJ collection, acquired in the early 1980's