Egyptian Blue Faience Shabti of Khaemwaset
An Egyptian blue faience ushabti of Khaemwaset. The mummiform figure wears a broad collar, a short wig with a side lock of hair, typical for a Sem Priest, his crossed hands hold hoes. A vertical Hieroglyphic inscription is painted on the front reading, ?Osiris, Sem Priest, Son of the King (Prince), Khaemwaset."
New Kingdom, Ramesside Period,
Khaemwaset was a son of Ramesses II. He was an important Ramesside prince who was revered in his time as a magician. He has been referred to as the first Egyptologist for his documented interest in Egypt's Old Kingdom monuments which were by his time already over 1000 years old. He restored many of these early monuments and some, like the 5th Dynasty pyramid of Unas at Saqqara, bear his inscriptions.
The authenticity of this piece has been confirmed by a thermoluminescence test performed by QED laboratory in France and an XRF analysis performed by Emory University in Georgia.
Formerly in the collection of Dr. Leopoldo Benguerel y Godo, Barcelona, acquired in London in the 1960's.