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Egyptian Faience Shabti for the Priest Ankh-Hap, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

Finely modeled shabti for the priest Ankh-Hap, who holds the title of a 'Great Warrior'.

The inscription in one vertical column on the front begins with the sehedj-formula: The illuminated Osiris, the great warrior and revered master, Ankh-Hap.

The rather round face shows well-drawn eyes and eyebrows, a prominent nose and pursed lips.

The mummiform figure wears a tripartite wig and a braided beard.

The hands appear crossed over the chest and hold well delineated agricultural implements. The figure has a back pillar and stands on an integral base.

For a shabi from the same owner, cf. Drouot, Beaussant & Lefèvre, 08.02.2012, lot no 7.

For the priest title of a 'warrior', cf. nos. 621-624 in: W.A. Ward. Index of Egyptian Administrative and Religious Titles of the Middle Kingdom. Beirut 1982.

The remnants of bone glue on the back point to an old mount. Bone glue was a material used until the 1950s.

Excellent modeling. Repaired break across the knees. Small loss at the back of the base. Some discolored glaze at the top of the head. With old mounting remnants on the back.

H. 11.7 cm (4.6 in)

Old US private collection prior to 1950, judging from the bone glue used. Thence Arte Primitivo, New York.

1600 USD

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