An Egyptian faience ushabti of Djed-Mut from Abydos, c. 945-715 B.C.

An Egyptian faience ushabti of Djed-Mut from Abydos, c. 945-715 B.C.

Code: 2648


Description: A pale blue glazed faience ushabti of Djed-Mut comprising a mummiform figure wearing a plain tripartite wig with a seshed headband added in black, a frontal column of black heiroglyphs, although rubbed, reads The Osiris Djed-Mut justified. A basket is modelled in relief on the back and enhanced with black paint. The surface weathered with the black details faded and a large chip to the foot, but an example from a well-documented group, from Cemetry E, North Cemetries, Abydos.

Size: 110 mm/4.3 ins. high

Culture: Egyptian

Date: Third Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, 945-715 B.C.

Provenance: Ex UK private collection and acquired from the UK art market.

Notes: Baskets in raised relief are peculiar to shabtis for Djed-Mut and another individual called Mut. Other shabtis of Djed-Mut are in the British Museum (EA71037, EA71038) and in a number of provincial UK museums (Blackburn, Bolton, Harrogate, Liverpool. Manchester, Oxford, Stockport). Other examples are in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

References: See Janes G. 2012. The Shabti Collections 5: A Selection from the Manchester Museum, Olicar House Publications, Cheshire, p. 303-4 for two examples donated to the Manchester Museum in the late 19th Century.