Description: A good-sized polychrome wooden ushabti with black tripartite wig and the body painted orange brown. The face and hands painted dark red, with the eyes, eye-brows and mouth in black. The agricultural implements held by the hands and the seed bag on the back delineated in reddish brown. A vertical column of bold text in black on the front, with the first sign of the name a little unclear but can be read as ‘Words spoken by Osiris Lord of eternity’ then the name either ‘Mer-Mer’ or ‘Min-mer’ but more likely ‘Sa-r-mer’. Overall patchy surface wear, particularly affecting the arms and body, but the face, wig and frontal text well-preserved and overall a nice example.
Size: 189 mm/7.4 ins. high
Date: New Kingdom, c. 18th-19th Dynasty, c. 1550-1186 B.C.
Provenance: From the Hoare Family Collection, Wiltshire.
Supplied with a transliteration and translation of the inscription.