In mid-2021, the Nicholson Collection received a new gift of a remarkable shabti, painted with gold and named Senseneb, after an elite Egyptian woman who lived around 1550 BC. It was discovered in 1908 during the excavation of the tomb of Tetiky, the son of Senseneb, in the Theban valley by Lord Carnarvon. It was the excavation that marked the beginning of Carnarvon’s 20-year partnership with Howard Carter that resulted in the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
The shabti was acquired by Maximillian Preston (nee Pollark) in 1926/27 in exchange for an act of honesty. When he bought a cabinet from the Sotheby’s auction house, the owner unintentionally included a small collection of Egyptian antiques. Preston discovered that the cabinet was previously owned by Lord Carnarvon’s son, who inherited his father Highclere’s estate and family collections after the Egyptologist’s death in Cairo in 1923, who, after collecting the objects, donated them. one to Preston as a reward.
Join us for an evening of discovery as Candace Richards and Dr Eve Guerry retrace the ancient and modern history of the Senseneb shabti and reveal the family ties that unite this shabti’s stories across millennia. This talk will be followed by refreshments and an exclusive chance to see Shabti and Nicholson Galleries after hours.