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The upper half of a shroud-wrapped mummiform shabti in green faience. The figure wears a plain tripartite wig and a plaited divine beard. The hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the twisted rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. The face is quite well worked with good details of the eyes, and a smiling mouth. The nose is now damaged. The ears protrude over the side lappets of the wig. The shabti is supported by a dorsal pillar. The front and sides of the figure are inscribed with six vertical columns of a crudely incised inscription representing Chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead. While the name of the owner is not preserved, the shabti can be attributed to Horudja, son of Khausienhap, based on parallels. It was a gift from the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Shabtis were put in tombs to do work for their owners in the afterlife. Occasionally also they were placed posthumously in temples and other sacred places so that the owner could take part in the festivals.


de Haan, Niek 2011. The shabtis of Horudja, son of Khau-Si-en-Hap. Available at:

Last modified: 28 Oct 2020

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