This is a beautiful composite shabti with well defined details and a lovely, warm turquoise-green colour. His smiling face gives him an enormous "presence".
He is wearing a tripartite wig and has a plaited beard. He is holding pick and hoe in his rather large, crossed hands, and he has a seed back over his proper left shoulder. The shabti has a back pillar and plinth.
There are no inscriptions, so unfortunately we will never know who this smiling person was.
Late Period, after 600 B.C.
Height 11.3 cm without base, 14.9 cm including base.
Dutch private collection; previously with Bonhams, sale 11597 of 21 April 2005, part of lot 483; previously UK private collection.
Some encrustation and discoloration, a small chip to the tip of the beard and the nose, a little damage to the plinth, some surface wear; all as visible on the photographs. The shabti has a beautiful colour.