Faience Shabti Inscribed 'Neb-mesu,' References to Navy
Circa 745-525 BC
Description: Green faience shabti inscribed most likely for Neb-mesu. Very crisp face and implements held at the shoulder. A single column of frontal hieroglyphics roughly translates “Instructions of the Osiris, One Belonging to a Ship’s Crew, capable-hearted, Master of Largess, Neb-mesu, the Chief of a Side (Gang) of Rowers.
Height: 5.0 in. (12.5 cm)
Condition: Intact as shown in photo Some wear to the glaze particular to the top half front. Otherwise, nice crisp detail.
Provenance: Private New England collection of an Egyptian lady who emigrated to the US in 1956. Said to be ex-Howard Carter.
Exhibited: Amarillo Art Center, Texas, October 9, 1974-November 3, 1974, as #14 (one of three in group), described: "Three Ushepti Figures, faience, 25th Dynasty, 800 BC".
Price: $ 4,200