Name owner: Bak-Wer

Title owner: The Osiris, overseer of Workers

Dimensions (hxwxd): 11.7 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm

Translation hieroglyphs: The Osiris, overseer of workers, Bak-Wer, true of voice

Preservation: Damage to face and feet, faience worn.

R-R: 92.9

Provenance: ex Dutch collection HK, acquired by HK from a Dutch dealer in antiquities in Utrecht in 1968 together with a similar smaller shabti (unpublished) apparently for the same owner. 

Comments: This shabti is for the same owner as the Bak-Wer published in Schneider ( This is line with the period that the Leiden museum acquired its pieces and the ones offered by the Dutch another dealer Moger at the end of the 1960’s/ early 1970’s unpublished so far, see also SC/120 and SC/122.

The reason to publish another of this series is that for the first time a blue faience figure appears for this owner, all others known are from white faience. For the 19/20th dynasty it is not uncommon to have white and blue faience shabtis for the same owner, for example the Khaewaset and Hori shabtis.

As a final note, please note the black paint at the back below the seed back. I have seen other NK shabtis with similar markings. In fact all shabtis for this owner, see also SC/120 and SC/122 and the unpublished ones have a similar marking. As they do not appear to be a hieroglyph they could be the signature of the ancient painter of the glyphs.

Additional information


19th dynasty, 20th dynasty



Ancient provenance