Ancient Fayence turquoise shabti of "Padi Khonsu" c. 945-715 B.C. 11.1cm
Light turquoise with details and inscription in black, holding hoes, basket over shoulders, very fine facial features, the vertical frontal column of hieroglyphs for “The god’s father of Amen, ”Padi Khonsu”
Ancient Fayence turquoise Shabti of Nesi Khonsu. Third Intermediate Period, 21th/22th Dynasty. ca. 12 cm.
Inscription: "The Osiris, Nesi-Khonsu, justified"
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.
Only the hands, crossed over the chest and holding the already-mentioned agricultural implements, emerge from the mummiform shroud covering the entire body.
The material used for the creation of this ushabti is faience, composed of fine sand cemented with sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate extracted from natron.
Fired at c. 940 C°, the mixture gives an enamel-like finish with the carbonates forming a vitreous surface.
It´s simple procedure and therefore not costly.
The red tones were achieved with iron oxide, the intense blues with cobalt, the black by mixing iron oxide and magnesium oxide with water.
Green and blue tones were achieved by the addition of a grams of copper oxide extracted from malachite or azurite.
Overpainted or added hieroglyphs
Condition: look at pictures
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