Ka-Nefer-Nefer:Ushabti 2

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19th Dynasty


Mat-burial of Ka-Nefer-Nefer, found in 1952 by M Zakaria Goneim at Saqqara, above the unfinished pyramid of Sekhemkhet.


Alabaster with gilded copper details.


12 cm in height, 4 cm in width at hips

Current Location

Unknown, probably in the Goneim's Saqqara Magazine for the 1952 excavations.


Ushabti is made of alabaster with details picked out in various colours of paint. Wig typical tripartite and is incised with vertical stripes and detailed in pale green paint with pale green paint on the bands at the end of the lappets. Head is crowned with a floral headband with a lotus at the front. This is inlaid in gilded copper, but the inlay on the lotus is partially missing. Face is modeled with sculpted lips, eyes, nose and cheeks. Eyeliner is painted in brown, and the eyebrows are in dark green. The pupils are dots of black pigment. Necklace is visible between lappets and consists of three bands of adjacent vertical incised and yellow-painted beads with a vertical border between. Hands are crossed, and both hold a hoe which is inlaid in gilded copper. Part of the inlay is missing. The basket between the shoulders of the shabti is incised and painted in red. The figure was broken in antiquity and repaired at the knees. Body from abdomen down is inscribed with 9 lines of text, separated by incised horizontal bands. Each line begins at the centre of the back and reads clockwise around the body. Text is picked out in red and incised.

Associated Images


Drawing from Goneim 1957, pp24. [1] by K M Johnston, 2010.



Inscription from Goneim 1957, pp 24. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Goneim, M. Zakaria, Service des Antiquites de L'Egypte. Horus Sekhem-khet - The Unfinished Step Pyramid At Saqqara, Volume 1. Excavations at Saqqara. Imprimerie de L'Institut Francais D'Archeologie Orientale. Cairo. 1957. pp 23-27, Plates LXVII-LXXI


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