Shabti of Horiraa

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late period, 26th dynasty, Reign of Necho II, 610-595 B.C.
Material: Fayence
Dimensions: 17.4 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1353
Provenance: Old French private collection acquired in the 1960s. Thence in the Spanish private collection O.P., Barcelona, Spain. Accompanied by French and Spanish antiquities passports.
Condition: A small front part of the plinth reattached, the figure itself as well as the inscription are excellently preserved.
Description: Important faience shabti from the tomb of Horiraa, which was uncovered by the German Egyptologist Karl Richard Lepsius in Saqqara in 1830 and whose endowment is kept in the Louvre and the British Museum, among others. The very finely engraved inscription mentions as the owner Horiraa, protocol chief under Pharaoh Necho II and tutor of the later successors Psamtik II and Apries, as well as quarter master of the royal anteroom. With the exception of the back pillar, the inscription is all around. It recites chapter VI from the Book of the Dead. The mummy-shaped figure with fine facial features, the tripartite wig, visible ears, a long false beard rolled up at the end and arms crossed in front of the chest. The figure holds a field hoe in each hand, in the right hand additionally the cord, which fixes the seed basket, which hangs over the left shoulder. The shabti stands on its original plinth. On an old wood base.