Egypt - Late Period 26th Dynasty Reign of Amasis 570 - 526 B.C.
Provenance : Gallery Maspero Collection 1980
This green faience shawabti was made for Admiral Heka-m-saf, whose name is inscribed on the back pillar. The head wears a striated tripartite wig, and a plaited divine beard is worn under the chin. The ears protrude over the side lappets of the wig. The eyes have details of cosmetic lines, and the nose and mouth are all are finely worked. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands emerge from the shroud to hold a pick in the left, and a hoe in the right. The right hand also holds the cord for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. Text engraved on the back pillar: ‘Shawabti of the Osiris Superintendent of the Royal Fleet Heka-m-saf; Here I am! will you say any time’