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Egyptian Glazed Faience Shabti of Hor-Khebi

Quality glassy faience with a light blue glaze. Tripartite wig, plaited divine beard, facial features in high quality relief, hands crossed over chest carrying a pick and hoe, seed bag on a cord suspended over the left shoulder, with dorsal pillar and trapezoidal base. Two vertical columns of incised hieroglyphic text on front, three more columns on dorsal pillar reciting parts of Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead and naming the owner as the King’s Scribe “Hor­Khebi, Son of Kha­em­Khonsu and the Lady of the House, Nefer­ Neith” (Schneider). “..O shabtis, if someone calls for me to do any of the works which are done in the realm of the dead to cultivate the fields, to irrigate the lands beside the bank of the river, to transport sand to the east and west by boat...’ Here I am’ you shall say, if someone calls my name..”

Intact, some staining, very good condition.

Late Period, late Dynasty XXV-early Dynasty XXVI, circa 700-600 BC

ht: 6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.)


With Sloan’s Auctions, Washington DC, 1960’s. With Galerie Cybele, Paris 2006 (with invoice). Permanent French passport 082563, dated 17 May 2006.

Exhibited: Antiquarium Ltd. with Salon 94; Frieze Masters, London (5-8 October 2017) (2017) Published: Antiquarium Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVI. (New York, 2017) pp. 14-15

Comparanda: Vera v. Droste zu Hülshoff, Eva Hofmann, Birgit Schlick-Nolte, Stephan Seidlmaye; Liebieghaus, Museum Alter Plastik. Ägyptische Bildwerke v. 2: Statuetten, Gefässe und Geräte (Gutenberg, 1990) no. 84 Schneider, Hans D; Shabtis : an introduction to the history of ancient Egyptian funerary statuettes with a catalogue of the collection of shabtis in the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden (Leiden, 1977) pp. 191 - 192 no.

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