Ancient Egyptian Turquoise Faience Ushabti for Pa-di-pep

GBP 2,675.00

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Object Description

An Egyptian turquoise glazed, faience shabti with hieroglyphs to the reverse. The figure is depicted in typical form wearing a lappet-wig, framing a modelled face with a beard, now slightly chipped. Parallel hands, resting beneath the chest, hold an adze, a hoe and the string of the seed-basket that hangs over the shoulder. The front of the shabti is undecorated, but the back-pillar is inscribed with two columns of hieroglyphs. The inscription is as follows:

̉I wsbtỉ (ỉ)pn ỉr nḏ tw Wsỉr Pꜣ-dỉ-pp (Right column, top to bottom)

msn Bꜣstt-ỉỉr-dỉ-st mk (wỉ) kꜣ.k (Left column, top to bottom)

This translates as:

O, this ushebti, if the Osiris, Pa-di-pep

Born to Bastet-ir-dis, is called upon ‘here (I am)’ you shall say.

The shabti has been mounted on a custom made wooden stand.

Date: Circa 664-595 BC
Period: Late Period, late 26th Dynasty

Object History

Bodo Bleß (1940-2022) collection, Berlin, both acquired in July 1962 from Gallery 85 (as recorded in Mr Bleß’s photo album). Acquired from Bonhams Auctions, 2023. The tomb of Pa-di-pep was located in Saqqara, discovered west of the Pyramid of Teti in 1893.

Object Condition

Excellent condition, chip to beard. The shabti itself measures 14.2cm height

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:4 x H:16.7 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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