Ancient egyptian faience shabti for Ipethemetes 15cm.
Late Period, 26th -30th dynasty
Inscription: "sHD Wsir Ipt-Hm(t)=s ms (n) Hwt-Hr-m-Axt mAa-xrw"
"Illuminating of Osiris, Ipethemetes, born of Hathoremakhet, justified".
Ipethemetes means 'Ipet is her majesty' or mistress or or 'The Ipet of her Majesty'
The hippopotamus goddess Ipet was worshipped as mother of Osiris at Thebes.
Ipet was one of several goddesses, including Taweret , Reret and Heqet who could take the form of a hippopotamus and all of these goddesses were associated with pregnancy and protection.
The name here has an association with the ancient Egyptian calendar.
The eleventh month of the Egyptian calendar was linked to Ipethemet(es).
The 11th month, being the third month of the Harvest Season (Shemu â€“ Å¡mw) was called Ipt-hmt in the Middle Kingdom, later called Ipip: in Ptolemaic times, in Greek, became the month Epiphi.
During this month a festival for this hippopotamus goddess took place.
The personal name here suggests that that the owner of this the shabti came from Thebes.
The name Hathoremakhet means Hathor is at or in, the horizon.
From an old German collection.
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