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ID number:  ECM 397
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Shabti of Tayuheret
Object type:  Shabti
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Twenty-First Dynasty (c. 1069-945 BCE)
Collector:  Myers, William Joseph
Materials:  Faience
Measurements:  overall: 11.02 cm x 3.67 cm x 2.69 cm (H x W x D)
Provenance:  Upper Eg: Thebes - Deir el-Bahri; royal cache.

Bright blue faience shabti of Tayuheret with details painted in black. The arms are crossed on her chest and hold agricultural implements. The stripes of the tripartite wig, eyes, implements, and basket are painted black. A single column of hieroglyphs are painted on the front in black: 'Illuminating the Osiris, Tayuheret, true of voice'.

Inscriptions / Translations:  'Illuminating the Osiris, Tayuheret, true of voice'.

Bibliography:  For more information, see
E. Mushett Cole 2016 'Some Significant Shabtis: How objects can illuminate a period of political and cultural change' in S. Boonstra (ed.) Objects Come to Life Virtual Exhibition, Birmingham Egyptology.

Notes:  This mummiform shabti is made from faience with a blue glaze and the details added in black, as is common for the Twenty-First Dynasty. Unusually, however, it is clearly a female figure. Although this one is named for the woman it was buried with, Tayuheret (a chantress of Amun, and possibly the wife of Masaharta A), it is often difficult to distinguish between male and female unnamed shabtis as female figures are often not so clearly modelled. This shabti corresponds with Aston's 'Type A', and so has crossed hands and a striated wig marked by painted black lines, and is thus noticeably different from the style of Masaharta A's and Paynefernefer's, despite her burial likely occuring around the same time.

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