This is a small shabti with a blue green colour, dating from the Third Intermediate Period, and nicely modelled in the somewhat crude manner that is so typical for the period.
The shabti is wearing the tripartite wig; a head band is tied in a knot at the back of the head. His arms are crossed over his chest, the proper left arm crossing over the right one, holding the usual implements, the hoe and pick; a seed bag is painted on the back.
There is a column of hieroglyphs down the front, but some of the signs have somewhat faded, making it difficult to read the text; without question the name and possibly also the title of the owner were mentioned here. The exact name escapes me, but could possibly be Padif (pA-di=f, for which see Hermann Ranke, Die ägyptischen Personennamen (3 volumes, Glückstadt - Hamburg, 1935-1976), Volume I, p. 123, 14).
Third Intermediate Period, circa 1070-655 B.C.
Height 8.8 cm without base, 9.3 cm including base.
UK private collection, bought from Helios Gallery, United Kingdom.
Intact with most of the original glaze still present; attached to an old perspex base.