Deep blue glazed faience shabti for Nesy-per-nub, one of the important priests in the second Cache of Deir El Bahri. His shabtis display text variants that refer to his various titles.
The two columns of hieroglyphic text read: (1) O shabti, say: I will irrigate [the riparian lands] (2) for the Osiris, the ‘Scribe of the temple of Mut’, Nesy-per-nub, justified.
The hieroglyph for the goddess Mut is cursorily rendered. Strangely enough, the craftsman forgot the hieroglyph/phoneme ‘per’ within the name of the deceased.
Funerary statuette in the form of a mummy with arms crossed over the chest. The striped tripartite wig secured by a fillet tied behind. Face and features modeled, eyes and eyebrows lined black.
On the chest a rare hearth-shaped pendant.
The hoes in each hand lightly modeled and lined black. The crosshatched seed-bag faintly indicated on the lower back.
The Second Cache of Deir el-Bahari, also known as Bab el-Gasus, was a collective reburial for Theban priests of Amun and their families. The Cache was created during the late 21st Dynasty, around 950 BC.
The tomb with the intact burials of 153 individuals was uncovered by Egyptian authorities in February 1891. The large quantity of coffins posed serious storage problems for the then Giza Museum. The Egyptian Khedival government therefore decided in 1893 to donate half of the coffin sets to 17 Western countries.
Many shabtis and further funerary equipment also found their way outside Egypt.
De Haan/Renaut list 80 shabtis of Nesy-per-nub known to date, 28 of which being in private collections. The present figure would add to that list.
Egyptian, Cache II Deir el-Bahari, 21st Dynasty, 1069-945 BC
H. 15.3 cm (6 in)
W. 4.2 cm (1.7 in)
Fine deep blue and good quality. Few patches of blistered glaze with sandy encrustation.
Provenance: Deir el-Bahri, Cache II, 1891.
Belgium private collection by succession.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.