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Overseer figure
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties XXI–XXII 1069 BCE-715 BCE

11.2 × 4.8 × 3.6 cm
Place/s of Execution
inscribed in hieroglyphs: (translation: The Osirian, Djed-Montu, justified/deceased)
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1888
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
A rather short, squat figure of an overseer, wearing a short, simple wig with separate lappets on either side of the neck and a fillet around the brow and tied at the back. The figure's left arm is down by its side with hand clenched and the right arm is bent to its chest grasping a hoe/whip(?), painted in black. Below the right arm a 'šndt' kilt projects out and down to the knees. The lower legs and feet stand apart and are possibly outlined in black. The figure is inscribed on the front but the text is very obscure - only five signs visible- and appears to be restricted to the kilt. The face is partly damaged, the right hand is chipped and the glaze has worn off in many areas.