• Three Saite-period shabtis of Wedjat-Hor, son of Ashsedjemes, with some idiosyncratic features

    Author(s):
    Lloyd Graham (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Egyptology
    Subject(s):
    Egypt, History, Ancient, Egyptology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    shabti, ushebti, Late Period, Saite, Ancient Egypt
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/b2ab-z081
    Abstract:
    This report describes for the first time the surviving (upper) portions of three 26th-Dynasty shabtis made for Wedjat-Hor, son of Ashsedjemes. Shabtis A and C are clearly from the same mould and inscribed by the same scribe; shabti B is the product of a different mould and scribe. Some orthographic idiosyncrasies are shared, whereas others are specific to each scribe. Ashsedjemes (“He who calls, she will hear”) is an uncommon female name of the Late Period known from a 27th-Dynasty demotic marriage contract. On shabtis A and C, her title “Mistress of the House” comes perilously close to being downgraded to “Mistress of the Shelter/Yard,” while shabti B inflicts an even greater indignity by miswriting her name as Sedjemash, “Servant.” An unusual insertion after the mother’s name, found on all three shabtis, is discussed. The shabti spell is substantially abridged and omits the central bloc of the canonical (i.e., Schneider VIIA) clause sequence. To compensate for the lack of a Summons clause, a novel change is made to the grammar of the Duty clause. Wedjat-Hor’s name features three times in the short inscription, more often than is usual even in the full-length shabti spell.
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