An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Hor-Ir-Aa, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EU2109Regular price $7,500 USD
Shown mummiform, made from faience with very pale cream/green glaze, with a tripartite wig, divine pleated beard, facial details in high-quality relief, the hands crossed over chest carrying pair of hoes, a seed bag on cord suspended over the left shoulder, with dorsal pillar and trapezoidal base, seven horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic text wrapped around legs naming the owner as Hor-ir-aa. The inscription reads “The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Overseer of the Antechamber, Hor-ir-aa, Justified, he speaks: O this ushabti…” (Janes).
The intact tomb of Hor-ir-aa was discovered in the SE corner of the Step Pyramid in Saqqara and contained about 400 shabtis. Hor-ir-aa was in charge of the education of the pharaoh’s children – Necho II, Psamtek II, and possibly Apries (Janes).
Dimensions: Height: 17.5 cm (6.9 inches)
Condition: Complete, legs rejoined in two places and repaired, chipped beard, lost glaze. Originally listed as limestone at auction but it is faience.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired from the Paris trade in 2012. Ex. French private collection of Bernard & Bertrand Bottet, 1940 – 1960. Bernard Bottet, was a French painter and archaeologist through the mid 20th century. He led several excavations of the gravel pits in his native region of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France, discovering various prehistoric objects. He and his son Bertrand established a collection of African, Oceanic, American, Asian, European, and Mediterranean art and antiquities.
Art Loss Register Certificate number S00059780.