Name owner: Mia
Title owner: The Osiris Smay.t (n ptH, title partly lost)
Dimensions (hxwxd): 12.5 x 3.9 x 2.6 cm
Translation hieroglyphs: The Osiris, the chantress (of Ptah, Mia, true of voice)
Preservation: Intact, brown staining affecting the faience, which was originally green.
Provenance: Sullivan Private Collection, acquired in Europe 1950’s.
A parallel for this shabti can be found in the Kestner museum in Hannover, see a compare picture here. With the help of the curator of the Kestner museum, the current owner learned that the name of the Kestner shabti is Mia.
Azure glazed faience shabti, mummiform and wearing a long tripartite wig, contrast details in black pigment. The front inscribed with black
hieroglyphs, translated: The Osiris,Chantress of Ptah, Mia, True of Voice, a rare title.
In the early New Kingdom the chantress were of the highest ranking families. During the New Kingdom the chantress participated in state religious rites including processions, daily temple rituals, and the Sed-festival ceremony.
The waterpots on the back as well as this typical colour for the period, date the shabti to the 19th Dynasty.
The shabti is complete and in good condition overall. The legs have been invisible rejoined, the inscription worn and unreadable, wear to the glaze.