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A wooden shabti dating to the New Kingdom. It is mummiform with black hair, a collar, a red/brown face and hands, and a row of black hieroglyphs painted down the centre. There are traces of a yellow glaze. This shabti is part of two sets belonging to Ptahhotep. Each set is comprised of nine workers with one overseer. longs to same lot as Foreman W378. The text reads: "The Osiris, scribe for the divine offerings of the House of Amun, Ptahhotep the Justified". The shabti acted as a substitute for the deceased in the afterlife and would do the work demanded from their owner. (But see Poole, F. Slave or Double? A reconsideration of the conception of the shabti in the New Kingdom and the Third Intermediate Period. In C.J. Eyre 1998. 'Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists. Cambridge 3-9th September 1995'. Leuven : Peeters, 893-901). The shabti box for these shabtis is in Birmingham Museum. They were purchased by Wellcome from the Frankland Hood collection in 1924. Most of the Hood items were, according to the Sale catalogue, from the Theban area.

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