Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A beautiful mold-formed faience ushabti presented in a classic mummiform style. The figure stands with fused legs atop an integral rectangular plinth, holds the symbolic pick and hoe in hands crossed atop the convex chest, and has a seed bag incised behind the left shoulder. The peaceful countenance presents with almond-shaped eyes with elongated canthi, full lips, a slender nose, cupped ears, and a plaited false beard, all beneath a puffy tripartite wig. Nine lines of inscribed hieroglyphic text wrap around the legs and lower body and, though untranslated, provide the names of Osiris and the deceased as well as a protective incantation from Chapter 6 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead (or the Book of Going Forth by Day). The original glaze coloration has darkened to a chocolate-brown hue, though this only adds to the beauty of this fine funerary example! Size: 1.4" W x 5.6" H (3.6 cm x 14.2 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Minor nicks and abrasions to plinth, legs, chest, and head, with softening to some finer details, darkening to original glaze coloration, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Nice earthen deposits throughout.