An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Ra-ia, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1293 – 1185 BCE
EU2118Regular price $7,500 USD
From the time of Ramesses II, of deep blue glazed faience, shown mummiform, with the features in applied black. Slim and handsomely proportioned, the well-modeled features include a truly charming face with large accented eyes and eyebrows. Wearing a tripartite wig, a broad usekh collar, and holding agricultural implements in each hand, the back undecorated. A vertical column of text on front naming “Ra-Ia” as the owner reads: “ The Osiris, Ra-ia, True of voice.”
Raia, Chief of Singers in the temple of Ptah. Wife: Mutemwia (Songstress of Amun). Raia was a contemporary of Paser and Tjuneroy. His tomb is close to that of Paser. [Bart (128)].
Dimensions: Height: 14.7 cm (5.8 inches)
Condition: Intact and excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Cannes Encheres Paris Auction, 4 Jul 2004, Lot 241, private Virginia collection acquired from the Canadian trade, post Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University Ushabti Research Project, Atlanta, GA, 2014. French Passport no. 139391.