An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Waibresaneith, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
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Aside from the overall fine quality, perhaps the most striking feature of this large faience shabti is the unusual striated tripartite wig inlaid with a soft blue glaze paste. Shown mummiform, it is made from high-quality faience with light blue/green glaze as is befitting for an important nobleman. The facial details are in high relief, there is a plaited divine beard, and the hands, that cross over the chest, carry a pick and hoe for work in the afterlife. The right hand also holds a cord that suspends over the left shoulder to support a seed bag on his back. As is typical for Late Period shabtis, there is a wide dorsal pillar, and the figure stands on a trapezoidal base. Seven horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic from Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead text wrap around legs naming the owner as Wa-w(a)-wer, whose good name was Wah-ib-re-sa-neith.
Wah-ib-re-sa-neith held many titles including Administrator of the Estates, Prince and Mayor, Treasurer of the King of Lower Egypt, etc. His mother is Ta-hi, Sistrum player of Neith, Lady of Sais; grandparents were Hor-em-Khebit and Iset-Irdis. [Janes]. “ The illuminate one, the Osiris, the ‘Administrator of the Estates’, Wa-w(a)-wer, his good name, Wah-ib-re-sa-neith (son of), ...” [Janes].
1. Janes, pp. 156 - 157 no. 82 Wa-w(a)-wer DYN 26 Janes
2. Loffet, pp. 210 - 213 no. 68 Ouaou-our DYN 26 - 27
3. Decker, pp. 86 -87 Wa-ib-re-sa-neith - Wa-w(a)-wir DYN 26 Reign of Psammetich II – Ahmose II
Dimensions: Height: 7 1/4 inches (18.4 cm)
Condition: Intact and excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Ex Boston Private Collection, thereafter Virginia private collection, acquired from the New York trade in 2007. Probably from Sais (Janes).