Blue-faience shabti inscribed with the name of Henuttawy and her title Divine Adoratrice inside royal cartouches.
The text reads: The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Divine Adoratrice, Henuttawy, she speaks: “O, these shabtis!” and continues with version IVa of the shabti spell from Chapter 6 of The Book of the Dead.
Henuttawy was the daughter of Pinudjem II and his second wife, Isetemkhebi.
The Divine Adoratrice was a prestigious title initially given to royal women in order to facilitate the transfer of power from one pharaoh to the next.
The significance of the office is attested by the fact that Henuttawy’s name and title are written inside a royal cartouche.
Aubert argues that Henuttawy may have held her office until the accession to power of the Lybians around 940 BC. Sheshonq I (ca. 943-922 BC) terminated the hereditary succession of the high priesthood of Amun at Thebes.
Henuttawy’s existence is only known from her shabtis, which first appeared around 1845. According to Aubert they were possibly found in a 22nd Dynasty cemetery within the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Ramses II.
H. 16.2 cm
Egyptian, 21st-22nd Dynasty, ca. 980-930 BC
Intact, fine condition. Forehead fairly discolored.
Provenance: With Anton R. Badrutt (1888-1967), collected 1920-1935 during his time as hotelier of the Winter Palace at Luxor. Thence Swiss art market Basel, June 2013 sale.
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