An Egyptian upper part of a serpentine shabti for the Royal Acquaintance Harwa

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Lot 180*
An Egyptian upper part of a serpentine shabti for the Royal Acquaintance Harwa

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 31,232) inc. premium

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28 Nov 2018, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

An Egyptian upper part of a serpentine shabti for the Royal Acquaintance Harwa
Late Period, 25th-26th Dynasty, circa 740-680 B.C.
Shown wearing a tripartite wig with false beard, a seed bag slung over the right shoulder, and a hoe in each hand, the front inscribed with three remaining registers of text from the Book of the Dead, Chapter VI, reading: 'O shabti, if one counts the Osirid beloved Royal Acquaintance Harwa to do all works which are wont to be done there, as a man of his duties, here I am...',
11.5cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Tomb of Harwa (TT37), Asasif, Thebes.
    Private collection, France, acquired in Egypt circa 1860-1865; and thence by descent.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 30 April 2008, lot 202.
    Private collection.

    Harwa, High Steward of the Divine Adoratrice, is well-known from his large tomb complex at Asasif, Thebes (TT 37). He was the first of seven High Stewards of the Divine Adoratrice, one of the most important positions in the theocratic state of Amun based at Thebes. Harwa is thought to have served in this capacity for approximately forty years, under the Nubian pharaohs Shabaqa (713-698 B.C.) and Shebitqo (698-690 B.C.), and into the reign of Taharqa (690-664 B.C.)

    Shabtis in serpentine for Harwa are unusual: there is a complete example in the Petrie Museum, University College London, acc. no. 10681, and two further shabtis in Cairo Museum, as well as the upper half of a serpentine shabti in the Rijksmuseum, Leiden (see H. Schneider, Shabtis, Part II, Leiden, 1977, p.154, no. 5.2.1.1).
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An Egyptian upper part of a serpentine shabti for the Royal Acquaintance Harwa
An Egyptian upper part of a serpentine shabti for the Royal Acquaintance Harwa
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