A small, finely modelled, anepigraphic shabti, depicted mummiform with only the hands and the head protruding. The face is rather round and well modelled, with eyes and brows, nose and lips indicated. He is wearing a braided beard and a tripartite wig. The arms are crossed over the chest, holding the usual agricultural implements, the pick and hoe. The shabti has a seedbag slung over its proper left shoulder, has a back pillar and is standing on an integral base.
Late Period, approximately 664-332 B.C.
Height 11 cm.
Dutch private collection, acquired from Christopher Martin Ancient Art, London, in December 2013; before that UK private collection.
In excellent condition with just some age related encrustation and minimal damage to the base, particularly to the back corner of the proper right side, and to the proper left shoulder (about 1 mm only), all as shown; these damages are very small and mentioned here only for completeness sake. The shabti is attached to a modern acrylic base (not shown on the photographs).