Egyptian glazed steatite Padiamenopet shabti fragment



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A fragment from the middle part of a very fine glazed and carved steatite shabti of the Chief Lector-Priest Padiamenopet.
Padiamenopet’s shabtis are among the finest of the period and his tomb (TT33) consisting of twenty two rooms was larger than most royal burials. Over 250 shabtis are known though they are almost all fragmentary.

Egypt, Western Thebes, tomb TT33; Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, c. 1069-945 BC

7.7 x 4.6 cms

Fragment as shown

Ex. private collection, Chester, UK; acquired from a UK antiques fair during the 1980’s-1990’s. Accompanied by a c. 1980’s hand-written note with a translation of the shabti text. Formerly in an older collection, the tomb of Padiamenopet had already been opened by the mid 18th Century.

It is possible that this fragment is from the same shabti as a foot formerly in the Joseph Altounian collection (France), recently sold at auction:

For further reading on the shabtis of Padiamenopet please see: Glenn Janes, The Shabti Collections (volume 6), World Museum, Liverpool; catalogue number 123 and following.

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Shabti figures

Shabtis (also known as shawabtis or ushabtis) are small human figures, usually mummiform in shape, which were placed in tombs to replace and act as servants of the deceased in the afterlife - Read on.....