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Bid History: 3   |   Current bid: £1,500

Large Egyptian Hieroglyphic Shabti for Nes-Ptah

26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

A substantial light blue glazed composition shabti figurine belonging to a man named Nes-Ptah, a Sameref-priest and prophet of Isis, born of Tayes-shepset-hert; the mummiform statuette wearing a plain tripartite wig and a braided beard, arms crossed over the chest, holding pick and hoe with a seed bag over the left shoulder, plain dorsal pillar; the body of the figurine covered in ten horizontal lines of hieroglyphic text of a version of Chapter 6, 'spell of causing a shabti to do work for his master in the netherworld' from the Book of the Dead; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 240 grams total, 20cm including stand (8"). Fine condition.

Fernand Adda collection, 1920s.
Collection of Mrs Petra Schamelman, Breitenbach, Germany.
From the collection of a Kensington gentleman.
Accompanied by an academic report by Dr Alberto Maria Pollastrini.

See Milde, H., 'Shabtis' in Wendrich, W. (ed.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Los Angeles, 2012; PN I = Ranke, Hermann, Die Ägyptischen Personennamen, Band I, Glückstadt, 1935; Scheider, H., Shabtis. An Introduction to the History of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Statuettes, Leiden, 1977, Pt.1; Stewart, H.M., Egyptian Shabtis, Shire Egyptology 23, Princes Risborough, 1995.

A Sameref-priest was linked to Egyptian funerary rites, especially to the Opening of the Mouth ritual, and to the cult of Osiris and his identification with the god Herishef.