An oversheer shabti wearing the kilt of everyday life with a projecting frontal apron, and a short wig, the right arm is held across the waist and the left hangs down the side; the lower legs and feet are indicated in the modelling; there is no sign of a whip, the normal accoutrement for an 'overseer' shabti'.
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: 6.9 cms
Condition: Intact. Deep blue faience. Some deposits remaining.
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.