A pale blue glazed shabti with moulded features and dorsal inscription for ''Psamtek', born of (?) - en-Iset''.
Egypt, Late Period, C. 730 - 332 BC.
Size: 10 cms H x 2.5 cms.
Condition: A small amount of chipping on the back of the foot.
Provenance: Ex. Private Collection: David Joseph, Wales, UK. Acquired in Luxor, Egypt C. 1920 - 1925 thence by descent to his grandson David G. Joseph, Swansea, Wales. David Joseph senor worked as a chef at The Winter Palace, Luxor where he used to swap tobacco for shabtis with delivery boys.
Howard Carter was a frequent guest at the hotel, and according to the Joseph family tradition often joined David Joseph for a free cigarette or two at the kitchen doors when they would discuss their shared passion for archaeology. Perhaps Carter sometimes helped pick shabtis as they arrived at the kitchens, certainly Joseph assembled a large at this important time and place in Archaeological history.