Shawabty of Rekhnefer son of Merenptah
Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7230-7240: G 7230 B VIII
Overall: 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.)
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This torso fragment of a shawabty inscribed for Rekhnefer son of Merenptah dates to the Late Period. It has a tripartite wig, long plaited beard, back pillar and base. The figure holds the pick on the right shoulder and hoe and cord to a small seed bag on the left. Here the arms are crossed right over left. There are four+ horizontal lines of incised text encircling the body, ending at the back pillar.
This shawabti is inscribed with the shabti spell (chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead) in horizontal lines. The full text of the shabti spell reads: “O shabti(s), if N is called to do any work that is done there in the necropolis, then an obstacle will be struck there as a man at his duties. ‘Here he is,’ you will say. You will be counted at any time it may be done there to cultivate a field, to irrigate the shoreland, to ferry sand of the west to the east and vice versa. ‘Here I am (/we are),’ you will say.”
From Giza G 7230-7240: pit G 7230 B, chamber VIII, debris. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition