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Egyptian Faience Shabti, Late Period, C. 664 - 332 BC.

Pegasus Gallery Antiquities

HANS06

A beautiful light blue faience Egyptian faience shabti figure from the Late Dynastic Period. Good moulded detail around the face and arms. A horizontal column can be seen with hieroglyphs. 

Background: Shabtis were placed in the tombs amongst the belonging of the deceased and were intended to perform as servants, should they be commanded to do manual labor in the afterlife. Most varieties of shabtis carry a hoe on their shoulder and a basket on their backs. This tells us that they were intended to farm for the deceased. Each figure normally has hieroglyphs on the legs they carried inscriptions asserting their readiness to answer the gods' summons to wok.

Dimensions: Height: 12.3 cms.

Condition: Intact with no repairs of restoration. Excellent moulded detail especially around the facial area; Arms clear showing the two agricultural farming tools called hoes. As to be expected, a few deposits on the right hand side of the feet and on the left with the hoe. Signs of hieroglyphs which are faint. Overall, excellent condition with no restoration.

Provenance: Private Collection, Denmark, Hans Moller Hansen. Hansen acquired many stunning Egyptian antiquities during his visit to Egypt in the late 1920's. After his parting in 1958, many of the items in his collection was passed down to his daughter and then to her son. Many of the items in this collection have been treasured by the family for over 90 years. It is with great honour Pegasus Gallery Antiquities offers these for sale to the market.



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