A shabti made of white Egyptian faience with details painted, for Huy. He is shown mummiform with only his hands and head protruding, his arms crossed over his chest and holding the usual agricultural implements, two picks. Huy carries a seed bag over his shoulder, and is wearing a striated tripartite wig and a broad wesekh collar, consisting of several layers or strings. His almond-shaped eyes with elongated outer corners, eyebrows, mouth and ears are painted in black pigment.
The text on the shabti, in a single inscribed column, informs us about the titles and name of the owner: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the overseer of the craftsmen, Huy, justified.
For the name Huy see Hermann Ranke, Die ägyptischen Personennamen, Band I (Glückstadt, 1935), p. 233, no. 18 (there read as Hy).
New Kingdom, 19th-20th dynasty, circa 1292-1070 B.C.
Height circa 11.1 cm, 13.3 cm including modern base.
Dutch private collection, acquired from Artemis Gallery, U.S.A.; before that US private East Coast collection; before that Richard Wagner collection, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, acquired in the 1970s.
Excellent condition, intact with only some surface wear and age related abrasions, minor pitting, a few tiny nicks to the head and feet; very minor fading to some areas of black pigment, faint traces of red pigment around the head; light yellowing to some white areas; nice earthen deposits throughout; mounted on a custom made wooden stand.