A good blue glazed faience ushabti shown standing on a trapezoidal base, finely moulded in mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig and plaited divine beard. The face is beautifully defined with incised mouth, large almond shaped eyes and faint ears. The arms are crossed on the chest, hands protrude from a shroud to hold a pick and hoe in each fist, the right hand also holding a twisted cord connected to an seed sack suspended over the left shoulder. Nine horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic text from Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead cover the lower chest and legs naming the owner as Ankhemamon. Shallow dorsal pillar at back.
Background: Shabti were figures placed in ancient Egyptian tombs in order to serve the deceased in the afterlife. They hold objects for work in the afterlife, and are inscribed with with the name and titles of the owner and, depending on the requirements, a passage from the Book of the Dead.
For parallel/related examples see: O. Perdu, R. Meffre, Le Crepuscule Despharaons, Exhibition Musee Jacquemart-Andre (Bruxelles, 2012) pp. 166 – 167, no. 81 IP ushabtis for Ankh-em-maat. Early PTP
Pierre Berge & Assc, Paris, 30 Nov 2012, Archeologie, No. 371 Nesptah LP
Christies, New York, 6 Dec 2001, Lot 347 Ankh-em-ta DYN 26 - 30
Royal Athena Gallery, Jan 2012, Ankh-em-Maat, Sameref-Priest (IP- “T” inscription, same owner)
Nelson Atkins Museum – 304 servant statues for the lady Meret-it-es
Dimensions: Height: 7 inches (18 cm)
Condition: with minor chips and flaking that do not detract, the ushabti is intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private collection of T. Van Dijk, Lennik, Belgium, assembled prior to 1975, thereafter private Virginia collection since 2011.