Egyptian New Kingdom wood shabti




A carved wood mummiform shabti figure with traces of black painted decoration and inscription.

Egypt, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, c. 1292-1189 BC

20.4 x 4.5 cms, 22.5 including display block

Surface wear as seen in the photographs

Ex. collection: Frederick Allan Downes, UK (1898-1974) thence by descent to Peter Allan Downes (1921-1984). Frederick Allan Downes was an airship officer in the First World War, who went on to work in India on the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railways. During the Second World War he served as Squadron Leader Technical Branch, RAF.

Mounted on a wood display block

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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.....