Lot 648: Egyptian Der-el-Bahri Shabti
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd Intermediate Period, circa 1000 BC. A dark blue composite shabti of the priest Amun, with details of the tripartite wig, eyes, hieroglyphs down the body and seed basket on the back in black pigment; mounted on a custom-made stand. 85.78 grams total, 11cm (4 1/4"). Property of a North American gentleman; acquired from Dr. John Winnie, Georgia, USA; collected before 1980. The Second Cache at Deir el-Bahri was a massive collective reburial of the Priests of Amun and their families found near Hatsheputs Temple at Deir el-Bahri, on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the city of Luxor, in 1891. The reburial was made during the 21st Dynasty presumably because the original tombs were becoming targets for tomb robbers. The cache, considered one of the great finds in Egyptology, contained one hundred and fifty three coffins and one hundred and ten shabti boxes containing perhaps twenty thousand shabtis, amongst other treasures. Many of the finds were presented to foreign governments by the then Khedive of Egypt, Abbas II Hilmy.
Condition Report: Very fine condition, repaired.