A large terracotta shabti figure formed as a recumbent mummy figure with arms folded over the chest. The headdress is carefully modelled and the hands appear to clutch domestic or agricultural tools. The original decoration is detectable in white, yellow and pale blue pigment on the upper surface over the terracotta-coloured core. The hieroglyphic text can still be seen on the lower legs. Traditionally the text from chapter six of the Book of the Dead. During this time it was become ever fashionable to provide the dead with multiple shabti figure as a statement of power and status reflecting the staff of their large households.
Egypt, New Kingdom. C. 1550 BC.
Size: 11.1cm Height.
Condition: Fine condition.
Provenance: Ex Private Collection, UK, Acquired in the early 1980's. Purchased from a London Auction house in March 2012.
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