Blue glazed faience shabti with features highlighted in black, with a long tripartite wig, large painted eyes, and wearing the dress of daily life, comprising a long kilt, a sheer blouse with elaborately pleated sleeves, and a triangular apron. The hands lie flat on the front, framing a vertical column of text naming the owner as Nahkt-Amun.
In the New Kingdom (1570-1070 BCE), during the reign of Tuthmosis IV (1419-1386 BCE) of the 18th Dynasty, the role of shabtis changed. They were then regarded as deputies for the deceased. Agricultural implements were now included as part of their iconography, either painted directly onto the figure or incorporated in the modeling. By the early 19th Dynasty a new type of figure was introduced alongside the other shabtis. These show the deceased wearing the dress of daily life with the characteristic short-sleeved tunic, kilt, and triangular apron. The number of shabtis placed in burials gradually increased during the New Kingdom and reached perhaps as many as 10 by the early 19th Dynasty with the number increasing still further thereafter. Wooden shabti boxes or pottery shabti jars were introduced as a means of storing the figures in the tomb and were often beautifully painted.
Dimensions: Height: 5.5 inches. (14 cm)
Condition: Small nearly invisible break/repair at ankles, surface loss to the back of the left shoulder, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Published: Damien Libert Paris Auction, February 16, 2012 lot #66.
Provenance: Private French collection of Mr. Brun, assembled before 1970, accompanied by signed provenance letter from Damien Libert, Art Loss Certificate No: S00057914, and a copy of the French export license.
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