Egyptian Faience Ushabti: Horudja
An ancient Egyptian large green faience ushabti. The mummiform figure wears a tripartite wig and a long braided beard, his crossed hands which protrude from his wrappings hold a hoe, adze, and seed bag. The Hieroglyphic inscription names the owner: Horudja.
Late Period, 30th Dynasty,
Ca. 380 - 343 BC.
Height: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm).
The inscription reads:
The illuminated one, the Osiris, the priest of Neith, the priest Horudja, son of Seshedet, justified, he says: O shabti which has been allotted, if one summons the Osiris, the priest of Neith, the priest Horudja, son of Seshedet, justified, in order to do any work which is done in the netherworld; indeed, (if) an obstacle is implanted there as a man at his duties, Here I am , you shall say. If you are summoned at any time to act there in order to cultivate the fields, in order to flood the riverbank, to transport sand (from) west (to) east or vice versa; here I am , you shall say.
Egyptologist Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) working on a dig in Hawara, near the Faiyum in 1888 discovered the tomb of Horudja, priest of the goddess Neith and son of Seshet. The tomb was flooded and in disarray, but yielded many important objects. The finds are now spread across many of the world's museums and private collections.
cf.: Eton Myers Collection, University of Birmingham, inv. no. ECM 1708.
Published: W. H. Peck and P. Slough, The Marko Collection: Antiquities, (Detroit, 1990), no. 16.
Formerly in the H. and B. Marko collection, Michigan.
Exhibited: The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Marko Collection: Antiquities, March - May 1990.