Limestone Shabti of the Scribe Khnumhotep from Soleb

Culture: Egyptian
Period: New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, 1388-1351 B.C.
Material: Limestone
Dimensions: 16.5 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1314
Provenance: French private collection Bourgade-Maturana, acquired on 1 June 1976 from the gallery Charles Bouché, Rue des Pyramides in Paris. With the old description on which the invoice date is noted. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: A hardly visible restoration on the legs, otherwise of excellent quality.
Description: Important limestone shabti with abundant color remains from the surrounding of the Soleb temple in Nubia. The very finely engraved inscription mentions as the owner Khnumhotep, scribe in the temple of Amenhotep III in Soleb. The double-sided, five lines horizontal inscription recites chapter VI of the Book of the Dead. The figure depicted mummiform with a tripartite wig, visible ears, a long, false beard and crossed arms in front of the chest. The thumbs of the hands are slightly raised and almost touching the wig’s lobes. The shabti holds no implements in the hands, which was qutie common in the early 18th dynasty, when often only one single shabti was placed in the tombs. The face and the hands with red-brown color, beard and eyes in black. Mounted.