Shabti box and shabtis

Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside

Dynasty: Dynasty 19

Reign: reign of Ramesses II

Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86

Medium: Painted wood, limestone, and ink

Dimensions: Shabti box (86.1.14): H. 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in)
Shabti of Khaibekhnet and Ineferty (86.1.18): H. 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in)
Shabti of Khonsu (86.1.21): H. 17.7 cm (6 15/16 in)
Shabti of Khaibekhnet (67.80): H. 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in)
Shabti of Mesu (86.1.28): H. 15 cm (5 7/8 in)

Credit Line: Funds from various donors, 1886 (86.1.14, .18, .21, .28)
Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, 1967 (67.80)

Accession Number: 86.1.14-related


The wooden shabti box is inscribed for Paramnekhu, a servant in the Place of Truth who was a son or grandson of Sennedjem and Iineferti. The shawabti figures, from left to right, are inscribed for Iineferti and her eldest son, Khabekhnet; for Khonsu; for Khabekhnet alone; and for a woman named Mesu. Although Khabekhnet had a separate tomb complex near that of Sennedjem, he is depicted with his siblings in the decoration of Sennedjem's burial chamber, and objects inscribed with his name were buried in the family tomb.