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Bid History: 7   |   Current bid: £135

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Bid History: 7   |   Current bid: £135

Egyptian Pale Green Hieroglyphic Shabti

Late Period, 664-332 BC

A pale green composition shabti with tripartite wig and false beard, holding agricultural tools, a hoe and a pick, in the crossed hands and a seed-bag behind the left shoulder, eight rows of hieroglyphs, Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead (the 'shabti chapter') to the lower body, standing on a rectangular base; mounted on a custom-made plinth. 100 grams total, 15.2cm including stand (6"). Fine condition. [No Reserve]

Property of a Cambridgeshire gentleman; acquired from the K M collection, Lincolnshire, UK; formed 1990s.

See The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 66.99.189, for a similar shabti; see The British Museum, museum number EA56580, for a similar shabti.

Placed in the tombs of the deceased, shabtis were funerary figurines which awaited the instruction of the deceased in the afterlife; the inscription born by the figure often related to the type of task it might be called upon to undertake.