A blue-turquoise faience shabti for the sameref priest Horankh, born to Imypet, wearing a braided beard and tripartite wig, and holding the usual agricultural implements, the pick and hoe; a seedbag is slung over his proper left shoulder. With a T-form inscription.
His title informs us that Horankh was a priest of the ram-headed god Heryshef (or Harsaphes), whose cult was centered in Herakleopolis Magna.
See Hans D. Schneider, Shabtis - An Introduction to the History of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Statuettes. With a Catalogue of the Collection of Shabtis in the National Museum of Leiden (3 volumes, Leiden, 1977), no. 5.3.1 for a similar type.
See also this entry at www.shabticollections.com.
Late Period, 30th dynasty or slightly earlier.
Height 13.6 cm.
US private collection, acquired in the 1990s from another US collector, 1970s.
Intact, with a small amount of surface wear, encrustation and pitting, causing a very small amount of loss of glaze, as shown; lower lip with a tiny air hole, caused during firing of the shabti; integral base not completely rectangular, caused when the shabti was pressed in its mould before firing; the same goes for a small dent in the proper right hand, which is ancient and not modern damage, caused by the mould. A lovely warm blue-turquoise colour..