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Draw your own conclusions.



3rd July

  • The seller has agreed to take it back and make a refund.
  • And a response from the person who purported to authenticate it.

Yes, the certificate is from me. I can say no more about the shabti than what is on the certificate. There can quite often be  divided opinions about the authenticity of  such objects.


(Received yesterday) From two Egyptologist curators  at a major international museum (They prefer to remain anonymous) An additional comment was made but it is such that it would have been especially helpful to the fakers to know what was said; so not for here. But I'm hapy to discuss such details with bona fide collectors of course.


Watch this space I say!




28th July '10

As I said!

Despite the qualifying text I do not believe it.

An entirely honest mistake by the auction place though.

Note the false provenance information provided by the consigner.


 Colin writes:

 4th July '10

This is a small (60mm) stone carving (I believe).  Do you have any idea of what it could be?  I found it about 20 years ago in my parents back garden in Essex, wrapped it up and put it away.




Interesting place to find such a thing!

It is in the form of an ancient Egyptian amulet.

You can see the suspension hole.

It's rather likely to be made of faience which originally would have been coloured but but the surface glaze has been lost and it's got a bit dirty.

I rather suspect that it's possibly genuine but as the headdress has been mostly lost it's difficult to decide who it is meant to represent.

The markings on the back are not actually hieroglyphs as far as I can see but then sometimes amulets only carry psueudo-hieroglyphs.



From Didier.

5th July '10

 Looks to me a more or less modern invention. I do not believe this is genuine because of the very large and disproportionate wig and headdress (seen on some dolls and/or concubine representations but not on amulets), the hieroglyph-like inscription, etc... In addition, the headrest resembles a uraeus crown with cobras.

To my knowledge the only goddess that wears such a crown is Renenoutet. However and first, Renenoutet amulets are extremely rare (no example reproduced in Petrie, Andrews, Reisner and others). Second, the goddess is always represented with a cobra face, seated and nursing the infant Horus (like Isis, see the attached pictures, the child is gone in the example of my collection, but the crown with 9 cobras is intact).




I definitely defer to Didier's opinion as far as amulets go.

Sorry about that: it would have been so nice to have found a genuine Egyptian amulet in that way.



Here is another  entirely genuine example of this rare amulet.




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