|Ushabti for Psamtik, born of Seba-rekhyt, reign of Amasis, 570-526 B.C.|
Of bright azure glazed faience, standing on a trapezoidal base, finely moulded in mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig and plaited divine beard. The face is beautifully defined with incised mouth, large almond shaped eyes, the arms are crossed on the chest, hands protude from a shroud, the fists holding a crook and flail for work in the afterlife, the right hand also holding a twisted rope connected to an seed sack behind the left shoulder.
Nine lines of inscription cover the lower chest and legs that reads: "(1) Illuminate the Osiris Psamtik, born of Sebarekhyt! He says: "O (2) you shabti! If one should assign the Osiris Psamtik, true of (3) voice, born of Seba-rekhyt, to do any work that needs to be done there in the necropolis, (4) once obstacles have been removed there from a man at his duties, (5) 'Here I am!' you shall say. And if one should assign (6) you at any time to do [work] there -- to cultivate (7) fields, to irrigate riverbanks, or to transport (8) sand of the East to the West or vice versa -- 'Here (9) I am!' you shall say". Shallow dorsal pillar at back.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or breaks.
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: azure-glazed faience|
|Dimensions: height: 7 1/4 inches (18.4 cm)|
|Primary Classification: Ancient Art, Antiquities : Ancient Egyptian Art|
|Literature:Cf. G. James, Shabtis. A Private View, Paris, 2002, no. 90; the author notes the very fine workmanship of ushabtis of Psamtik, as well as their bright blue glaze, which is exceptional for this period.M. Paige-Gasser and A.B. Wiese, Égypte. Moments d'éternité, Geneva, 1997, no. 161A.Friedman FD (ed.): Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience. London, 1998. p. 241, fig. 152.J. & L. Aubert, Egyptian Statues, Paris, 1974, p. 230-231H.D. Schneider, Shabtis, Part I, (Leiden 1977), p. 229. There are other examples in Munich, Berlin, Turin, the British Museum, the Louvre and Boston.|
Psametik son of Seba-rekhyt had four titles: Father Divine love of god, Inspector of Sem Priests, Director of the Western Mountain, close to the king. His sarcophagus, discovered in 1830, is preserved at the Museum of Grenoble (Inv. 1996), his canopic Book of the Dead at the Vatican.
|Provenance: Private Florida collection, acquired from the trade in the early 1960's|
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