A rare Egyptian Royal Overseer Shabti for Pharoah Osorkon II, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 872 - 837 BCE
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Osorkon II was the fifth and last major king of the 22nd dynasty, ruling from Tanis, the capital of this Dynasty. After his reign, the country became divided into smaller kingdoms, perhaps under the nominal overlordship of the remaining kings.
A must for any serious shabti collection, this shabti belongs to a second style group for the Pharoah Osorkon II, and features a large round head with a smooth wig, a carefully defined expressive face with a slight pout, his left arm by his side, with the right arm bent, the fist holding a whip, and small lotus blossom. Most interestingly, for the first time in the history of the shabti, Osorkon overseers, with a determined expression, are portrayed marching with the left leg forward on an integral rectangular base. Although this shabti appears to be uninscribed, we know from other examples there is one column of text on the legs, the most developed inscription reading: "if one pronounces the name of Osorkon beloved of Amon, I am here you will say." or the even briefer allusion to Chapter VI, where the text is limited to answering "Here I am, you will say."
For related example see:
Aubert, J-F, Statuettes égyptiennes, chaouabtis, ouchebtis, Paris, (1974), pl. 42, 44 & 45.
Yoyotte, Jean, Tanis l’or des pharaons, catalogue exposition
Paris, Grand-Palais (Reliure inconnue). Editeur : Association Française d’Action Artistique (1 mars 1987). Langue : Français ISBN-10: 2865450570 ISBN-13: 978-2865450572, pg. 146-147
Dimensions: Height excluding base: 12 cm (4.7 inches)
Condition: Incomplete with head rejoined, a small loss to tip of nose, with interesting remains of Egyptian blue pigment coloring the wig. Based on the example published in "Tanis l’or des pharaons", the loss of lower legs has been skillfully and professionally reconstructed to present a complete example.
Provenance: Excavated in 1939 by Pierre Montet in the royal necropolis at Tanis, tomb I, thereafter private collection of G. Michailidis, reference #940/2? faintly in black ink on the back, acquired by Dr. Ulrich Mueller 1968 - 1978. Thereafter private Virginia collection.