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Egyptian Black Glazed Steatite Oveerseer Shabti, Late Period, 664 - 32 BC.

Pegasus Gallery Antiquities

EGYPT827B22D

An Egyptian black glazed steatite Overseer Ushabti wearing the tripartite wig, holding the flail and crock in his hands, visible glyph on extended kilt of life. 

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: 10. 5 cms.

Condition: Aesthetically pleasing, this shabti is in very good condition. Glaze still in good condition. Deposits still remaining.

Provenance: 

Ex. Private Collection, Denmark; Acquired in 2014.

Ex. Private Collection, UK, Andrew Sayer, Acquired by a member of the RAF during World War II - 1945 Onwards, J.G.Judd - Radio Officer.

 



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