Large Egyptian Shabti made of Alabaster
Large Egyptian Shabti
Alabaster. Slightest remains of black paint.
New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt,
Approx. 1292 BC to 1186 BC.
Large funerary statuette, possibly an overseer (reis, overseer shabti). The figurine is dressed in the cloths of the living. A short sleeved robe and a long kilt. Two bands are wrapped around the waist to hold the kilt. Duplex wig with short rear part. Arms crossed in typical position above the chest, holding agricultural equipment or possibly an Anch sign. There was certainly a hieroglyphic inscription in the front which did not endure the ages.
Because of its sheer size and weight this figurine is an especially impressive shabti of its kind.
20.9cm high, 7cm wide, 6cm deep. Approx. 1kg weight.
Extraordinary preservation. Two stable cracks at the face, one stable crack at the legs. Apart from that fully intact body with all carved details still visible. A fine patina emphasizes the age of the piece. Including tailor made high quality stand. Below the stand printed sticker "David Aaron" with handwritten note "D2822".
Acquired by us in 2018 on the British art market. Previously with David Aaron, object ID D2822. In 2014 with Hixenbaugh Ancient Art, New York Gallery, inventory no. 5898, published in the catalogue "Servants for Eternity: Egyptian Ushabtis" (2014), page 14. Part of the Bonhams London auction in October 2009 , lot no. 39. Previously in an US american private collection. Acquired at Charles Ede, London, published as no. 3 in their catalogue IV "Egyptian Sculpture" in January 1978. Before that with US american private collector Hamilton Phelps Clawson.
Previously at Sotheby's Parke Bernet New York auction in November 1975, lot no. 360. Consigned from an US american private collection, New York.
This object has been searched for in the database of ArtLoss, comprising more than 500.000 objects claimed stolen or lost. It also integrates the databases of Interpol and FBI.
Published in numerous catalogues, cf. provenance stated above.
Cf. H. A. Schlögl, A. Brodbeck, Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen der Schweiz (1990), p. 95, no. 37.
A good introduction and overview on Egyptian Shabtis in just one volume is given by Glenn Janes in Shabtis: A Private View: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Statuettes in European Private Collections.
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