Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 25th Dynasty, ca. 664 to 525 BCE. A mold-formed faience ushabti of a tall form that is covered in lustrous blue glaze. The figure stands in mummiform with fused legs atop an integral rectangular plinth, holds the symbolic pick and hoe in hands crossed atop the chest, and has an incised seed bag behind the left shoulder. The peaceful countenance is defined by almond-shaped eyes, a bulbous nose, full lips, puffy cheeks, cupped ears, and a plaited false beard, and the head is topped with a simple tripartite wig. The front of the legs bear seven lines of hieroglyphic inscription that, while untranslated, provide the name of Osiris and the deceased as well as a protective invocation from chapter 6 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead (or the Book of Going Forth by Day). Size: 2" W x 7.3" H (5.1 cm x 18.5 cm); 7.9" H (20.1 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Julian Bird collection, London, England, acquired between 1970 and 2012
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Repair to legs at roughly knee height, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Chips to feet, legs, body, and head, with softening to some finer details and hieroglyphs, fading to original pigmentation, minor pitting, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits and traces of original glaze color throughout.