TITLE: Ushabti for Tius
CULTURE: Ancient Egypt
PERIOD: Late Period 27th - 30th Dynasty, 525 – 341 BC
SIZE: Height 19,5 cm
PRICE: 5,500 Euros
PROVENANCE: Private collection, Europe, acquired in 1980s.
CONDITION: In a good state of preservation, intact, only a little chip in the nose.
This ushabti figurine is depicted as a worker holding two hoes for work in the fields of Osiris in the afterlife. He is wearing a tripartite wig which falls down between the shoulders. He has an Osiris-type beard which ends in a tight forward curl. Only the hands, crossed over the chest and holding the already-mentioned agricultural implements, emerge from the mummiform shroud covering the entire body.
On his body can be seen 9 lines of horitzontal hieroglyphic text, that join up with a panel without inscription on the back of the figure. The figure is mounted on a small plinth.
The text translated says: “Illuminate the Osiris of Tius whose word is truth. Born of Tayderek, whose word is truth. He says: Oh!These Ushabtis. If I am called. The Osiris of Tius, to do the work that is required in the Afterlife, her I am! You will say, to remove all obstacles, to cultivate the fields, to water the riverside fields and to transport sand from the East to the West. Iam here! Say what you wish!”.