An Egyptian Faience Ushabti of Psamtik, Son of Mer-Neith and Overseer of the Scribes of the Royal Meals, early 27th Dynasty, circa 525-500 B.C.
- An Egyptian Faience Ushabti of Psamtik, Son of Mer-Neith and Overseer of the Scribes of the Royal Meals
by descent through the family and sold at auction in Charlotte, Vermont, November 18th, 1995
The tomb of Psamtik, son of Mer-Neith, was excavated at Saqqara in 1860. His ushabtis were later dispersed by the Egyptian Antiquities Service and found their way into several major European museums as well as many private collections; see J.-F. and L. Aubert, Statuettes égyptiennes. Chaouabtis, ouchebtis, Paris, 1974, p. 240, and H.D. Schneider, Shabtis, part II, Leiden, 1977, p. 179, no. 126.96.36.199, pl. 60.
On William Tilden Blodgett see Hurst Gallery, A Passion for the Past: Historic Collections of Antiquities from Egypt and the Levant, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1997, p. 34: "Co-founder, generous patron, and chairman of the first executive committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1870s ... [he] made his fortune in the varnish business and through real estate investments. He was also a liberal-minded reformer, a leading abolitionist, and a founder of The Nation magazine. During the last years of his life, Blodgett resided in Europe where he distinguished himself by purchasing three important collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, which became the nucleus of the Metropolitan Museum's collection. An avid traveler and collector, he spent time in Upper Egypt in the 1870s (S.H. Tyng, In Memoriam, New York, 1875, p. 42) and assembled a substantial private art collection (C. Tomkins, Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1970, 1970, pp. 31-46)."