This is a large shabti of high quality, made of wood. It dates to the late 18th dynasty (ca. 1300 B.C.), so it is relatively early and rare, especially in this quality.
It is 21 cm high, and although there are a few areas of damage (particularly on the front of the feet and the back of the wig), it is very beautiful. It has an exceptional quality, especially for a wooden (and thus vulnerable) shabti. The face, surrounded by a tripartite wig, is very classical, with the lips, eyes, eyebrows and ears all indicated in relief.
The photographs just do not do justice to this magnificent piece.
Late 18th dynasty (ca. 1300 B.C.)
Height 21 cm.
UK private collection, acquired prior to 1970; thereafter German collection T.W.
Some damage to the front of the feet, the top of the head and the back of the wig and the body, all as shown on the photographs; the wood has been treated with Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) for preservation purposes, a common treatment for ancient wood; no repairs or restorations.