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J asks if this is genuine.

19th March '10

He  has seen a similar one on this website in the section on fake shabtis and though he has apparently dealt with this seller before and has confidence in them, he suspects......

It would be only fair to mention here that the seller does not hold out special expertise in ancient artifacts but appears to be have expertise in jewellery.




$499 on a special  sale!!

Dating to the 18th Dynasty of New Kingdom Egypt, this beautiful, wearable faience ushabti is drilled for suspension as a pedant, and was created during the the Amarna Period of King Tutankhamen!


  • No, it was not. Though it was made in Egypt but within  the last 5 years.


The 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 BC) is perhaps the best known in all of Egyptian history. This era was also known as the Armana period. This period produced some of the finest-crafted faience amulets and jewelry in all of ancient Egypt,


  • That is more or less  true.


and these artifacts are highly-sought after by collectors. I am thrilled to offer this museum-grade ushabti


  • Museum grade!!!??


for the consideration of my[ edited to preserve seller's identity] clientele!


Measuring 2 3/8" tall 7/8" wide, this rare ushabti takes the form of an Egyptian Queen!


  • No, it does not.


She wears the head-dress typical of the Egyptian court at this date,


  • Absolute nonsense: a shabti is a mummiform object!  Some do wear the clothes  of the living but they are  rare.

and she holds one of her arms bent across her chest, and carries the Royal crook in her left hand.


  • Someone has read Harry Stewart's fine little book!  In any event true Royal shabtis of the Amarna Period are rather contentious: they are not really true shabtis at all, but a different type of funerary statuette.


It is evident that this figure is that of a woman, as she has no beard, and her fine facial features and floor-length gown indicates that she was a lady born into the Royal court. Could this be Queen Nefertiti or Queen Kiya, one of the two wives of Akenhaten and possibly the mother of King Tut?


  • No, really I don't think so.


In either case, this is a magnificently crafted ushabti,


  • No, it most certainly is not!  


and boasts two rows of hieroglyphs. I do not know how to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, but it would make a fascinating project for any Egyptian scholar!


  • I'll tell you: totally meaningless.


Best of all, this ushabti is in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for; there are no cracks, chips or repairs, and the back of the figure shows patches of wear consistent with Ancient Egyptian burials.


  • Or consistent with the artificial ageing applied to many tourist souvenirs?


This ushabti is thickly glazed in blue-tinged green, typical of the extra-fine quality of Armana faience. The color is absolutely FABULOUS! Perhaps best of all, someone in antiquity drilled a fine hole through the neck of the figure so that it could be worn as a pendant!


  • No, someone drilled the hole a year or two ago. Imagine drilling a hole in a genuine royal shabti!


This exemplary ushabti looks just as wonderful today as when it graced the neck of an Egyptian lady over 3400 years ago! This artifact was legally acquired in Luxor, Egypt


  • Yes, there is no law prohibiting the purchase of tourist souvenirs.


in the 1960s, and has been in a private Connecticut collection until now!


  • I really doubt that. This seller was taken for a ride when they bought this.


This jewel will be sold with a COA guaranteeing authenticity and a valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra charge.


  • I wonder who signs the certificate!


If you collect the finest in ancient Egyptian ushabtis or jewelry, this example has all of the "bells and whistles!" It is solid and sturdy enough for wear as an impressive and historic pendant, and is certain to take pride of place in your collection! Do not miss this treasure from the age of the Pharoahs; I do not expect to find another of this quality that I can afford to sell at this low price!


  • I'm happy to source them in any quantity the seller desires and for only $20 a piece. Choice of colours and state of preservation. Also some already drilled for  inclusion on necklaces.






Here is a photo of the one in question: so you don't have to scroll up and down the page to compare them.


So called shabti "pendants" are often offered for sale by sellers of  fakes. It is actually highly doubtful that such figurines were ever used for pendants in ancient Egypt apart from some very small shabti-like amulets made with suspension holes horizontaly at waist level which might have been used on funerary jewellery. But they are excedingly rare.

However, similar not rare online if you want to spend a lot of money on a tourist trinket!



A great number on offer.



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