Shabti of Hener
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Date: New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, ca. 1205-1186 BC
Material: Faience
Provenance: Saqqara, Tomb of Iurudef
Excavated: In February, 1985, by the Anglo-Dutch mission to Saqqara

Statue: Repatriated in 2008.

This faience shabti of a woman named Hener, intended to serve the deceased in the afterlife, was excavated in Saqqara in 1985 by a team from Leiden University. It was stolen from the Sekhemkhet Magazine at Saqqara in 1987, along with a number of other pieces. This theft was not discovered until an inventory of the magazine in 1995. Because of their small size, and because they occur in great abundance after the reign of Amenhotep II, shabtis are easy to smuggle and very difficult to track down.

In 2006, the collector who had bought this shabti with no knowledge of its provenance showed it to experts at the Leiden Museum, who recognized it as coming from their excavations. The piece was handed over to the Hague, and in August 2008 the shabti of Hener was returned to Egypt.

The Mask of Ka-nefer-nefer, stolen from Egypt and currently in the possession of the St. Louis Museum of Art (St. Louis Museum of Art)

The shabti of Hener (SCA Archives)