A stunning miniature deep blue faience mummiform ushabti with molded hieroglyphs on its lower body and black-painted details on its head, back, and arms.
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 work.
Dimensions: Height: 5.5 cms.
Condition: Aesthetically pleasing, this shabti is in very good condition. Black paint still in wonderful abundance especially around the face; on the agricultural tools and the basket over the shoulder. As to be expected, there are some deposit signs. Overall, a very well preserve shabti figure.
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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