An Ancient Egyptian turquoise glazed faience shabti of mummified form, standing on a plinth. He is depicted wearing the triparte wig and false beard commonly seen. The hands protrude from the chest, clasping a hoe and a pick, and there is a basket to the back. The amount of detail in the face is exquisite. The mummified legs have 6 horizontal bands of hieroglyphs.
Faience shabtis carrying a hoe and pick, with the addition of the basket, were popular in the Late period. They were labelled ‘ushebtis’, which translates as ‘answerer’. The shabti formula was meant to provide instructions for the statuette in the afterlife, and the shabti would thus perform duties on behalf of the deceased as instructed.
Date: Circa 570-525 BC
Period: Late Period, 26th Dynasty