The modelling of shabtis of Padineith vary greatly, from very crude to fine, the present example falling amongst the best of them, with a distinctive smile, typical of the period, whilst some of the other examples have a sterner appearance. Padineith had
an important role during his life. He was the chief Steward of the ‘Divine Adoratrice’, in this case Princess Ankhnesneferibre, a daughter of Psamtek II. Her fine schist sarcophagus is in the British Museum (EA 32).
Padineith was buried in the 26th Dynasty cemetery at el-Asâsîf, tomb 197, on the southern side of the causeway leading to Queen Hatshepsut’s memorial temple at Deir-el-Bahri, Thebes. His father was called Psamtek, and his mother Tadibastet. His other shabti types can be found at several museums, including London, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Berlin, Vienna, Bristol, Basel University collection and Birmingham.
ProvenanceSir William Bowmore, Victoria, Australia; acquired 1950s-1960s
Private collection, London, UK; acquired 2014