Description A painted wooden ushabti of Ka-ha, the Chief of Painters. The figure wears a white mummiform garment upon which there is a seven line inscription written in black divided by horizontal lines of red. There is a vertical area for text in the back which has been left blank. The black paint of the tripartite wig has begun to mineralize and flake off. A broad collar is outlined in black and red between the modeled wig lappets. The face and hands of the figure are painted red. The details of the face, including the cosmetic lines of the eyes are accented in black. The figure holds two scythes against his chest and two baskets over his shoulders but these are merely painted in red and not modeled in relief. The arms, although covered in the mummiform shroud are modeled in relief, crossed over the chest and the hands are visible. This ushabti, purchased from the colleagues of tomb artists, exhibits superior workmanship.
Provenance Abemayor, Cairo, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Musueum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] The Illuminated One, Osiris: Chief of Painters, Ka-ha, true of voice, he says: O' this ushabti: if Osiris, Chief of Draughtsmen, Ka-ha, is assembled for any work that is to be done in the necropolis, or any unpleasant task is imposed [upon him] there...
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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