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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 202

    AN EGYPTIAN UPPER PART OF A SERPENTINE SHABTI FOR THE ROYAL ACQUAINTANCE HARWA

    LATE DYNASTY XXV/EARLY DYNASTY XXVI, CIRCA 740-680 B.C.

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    AN EGYPTIAN UPPER PART OF A SERPENTINE SHABTI FOR THE ROYAL ACQUAINTANCE HARWA
    LATE DYNASTY XXV/EARLY DYNASTY XXVI, CIRCA 740-680 B.C.
    Wearing tripartite wig and false beard, his extended eyebrows in relief, with arms crossed over his chest and carrying a hoe in each hand, a seedbag over the shoulder, with remains of three horizontal lines of hieroglyphic text 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 at his duties, (say) here am I ..." (Book of the Dead, Chapter VI, third version)
    4½ in. (11.5 cm.) high


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    Harwa was the Grand Steward of the Divine Adoratrice Amenirdis II, one of the most important positions in the theocratic state of Amun at Thebes. Harwa held this position for about forty years from the time of Piankhy, serving under the Nubian pharaohs Shabaqa (713-698 B.C.) and Shebitqo (698-690 B.C.), until the reign of Taharqa (690-664 B.C.). He built a vast tomb in the Asasif (TT 37), a few yards from the funerary temple of Hatshepsut in Deir el Bahari.
    A small number of serpentine shabtis are known, including one in University College London, and two in Cairo Museum.
    Cf. E. Porter and R.L.B. Moss, J. Málek (ed.), Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings, I, The Theban Necropolis, Part I, Private Tombs, Oxford, 1970, p. 68, no. 37; H. D. Schneider, Shabtis, II, Leiden, 1977, p. 154, pl. 118; and F. Tiradritti, Il cammino di Harwa. L'uomo di fronte al mistero: l'Egitto, exhibition catalogue, Brescia, October 1999 - January 2000.

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    Provenance

    Tomb of Harwa (TT 37), Asasif, Thebes.
    French private collection, acquired in Egypt circa 1860-1865, and thence by descent to the present owner.