An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Psamtek-Sa-Neith, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
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Shown mummiform, of faience with light blue glaze, depicted with a tripartite wig, plaited divine beard, facial details in high-quality relief, hands crossed over chest carrying a pic and hoe, seed bag on cord suspended over the left shoulder, with dorsal pillar and trapezoidal base, nine horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic text wrapped around legs reciting parts of Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead and naming the owner as Psamtek-Sa-Neith, royal Superintendent of works in silver and gold.
Dimensions: 6.3 inches (16 cm)
Condition: A minor chip to the tip of the beard but overall intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Ex. collection of Jean-Loup Despras, Paris, France, before 1983, thereafter private Virginia collection, acquired from the trade in 2007. Probably Memphis/Saqqara.