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13th July '10


Yesterday two people asked me about cylinder seals.




............and this one which was on offer on eBay.


Alas, no, they are all modern creations.

If you have not yet seen the section on fake cylinder seals take a look.

You will probably find a few there which are very similar.


 From Phil J


Unfortunately, you are correct, these are no good. The one long black Serpentine double register is from the Syrian workshops we see around all the time. The others are less identified workshops, but all are modern.




20th July '10


Someone sent me this photo yesterday asking if it looked genuine.

Said it comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Rather oddly, the old  label on the stand is incorrect.



It's actually a quite well known shabti.

For the  Psamtek the son of Sebarekhyt.

There are examples in many major museums.



Why is the label so vague and essentially wrong?

This is not a shabti for a king.


This is the first line on the shabti.


The thing about this famous shabti is that a great number of replicas have been produced from casts taken from the genuine shabtis. Some well made some not.


Take a closer look..............


Not difficult to change the colour!

I'd love to see the underside where it's broken.

It was broken shortly before it was stuck on this wooden base and the ?fake old label attached.



After I had given my opinion I managed to find out where is was being offered.




A finely molded work with Exceptional Provenance & COA.


And lower down in the text, where it could be missed:


Attributed to the workshop of retired British art forger John Andrews. Andrews' work has been featured in numerous television broadcasts and the international press, and has recently been exhibited at London's Victoria & Albert Museum alongside other notorious counterfeiters Shaun Greenhalgh, John Myatt, Robert Thwaites and Ashley Russell. The exhibition is now scheduled to tour internationally. This piece is auctioned with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist. Andrews' work as a painter, photographer, designer and forger is now highly collectable.


No, it's not!

It's just a cheap trick and con.

I've now heard again from the person who asked about this.

Thank you! I didn't know that he put the shabti even on ebay! He offered me the piece privatly for 1000$, but on ebay he has a starting bid ob 99 Pound!!! Its really awful how many fakes are on the market.


That's fraud done with a really cynical attitude!

More from this person who passes well made and not so well made fakes onto the market.


Fake mummy masks



  • Of course he also markets unbroken examples of this  well known museum replica which he prentends he has made as a master forger.

  • What is especially alarming are the fake documents he passes along with these.

  • You can buy this replica with documents  whch appear to come from Blanchard.




Churning them out by the dozen.



And f you want  your fake documetn to appear to come from a different seller.





This is a  sort of "joke".

It appears that Mohammed Abdul Rahim al-Shaer and a relative were jailed  in Cairo for very lengthy periods for 55 years for smuggling ancient artefacts and bribing officials to forge documents.


Another, if not actually faked, at least incorrect old certificate  here>>>>>


UPDATE: May 2012

You saw that I wrote about this  shabti  above:



Well now  from the same seller....



I wonder if we will  now soon see one with a lable  from the "Edward Sterman" collection ?



21st July '10.


Lynn sent pics of this scarab her father bought from a dealer in Egypt while stationed there in 1944.

Nice to have the "certificate" with it.


  • It's not an Old Kingdom scarab but  looks genuine all the same and dating to the New Kingdom.
  • It is carved from steatite  and would originally have had a green or blue glaze.
  • It is for the 5th king of the 18th dynasty, Thuthmose III who reigned  from 1479 BC to 1425 BC
  • The scarab has his throne name within the cartouche there: Men Kheper Re = Eternal are the manifestations of Re.
  • Thothmose was his birth name and means born of Thoth.
  • The scarab is read: Neter Nefer Hor Men Kheper Re. The beautiful god, Horus, Men Kheper Re.
  • The name of Thuthmose III appears the most frequently of all king  names on scarabs as his name was revered for many centuries after his reign. So one can find much later scarabs with his name on it.




  • But the back design (and sides) of your scarab tells me that this is actually a New Kingdom scarab and of the 18th or 19th  dynasty in date.

  • Also the writing of Men Khper Re with the phonetic compliment as shown, suggests it is New Kingdom rather than later. This rule is not absolute as indeed the one below shown without the phonetic compliment is for other reasons determined to be 18th dynasty!




More queries answered>>>>another scarab and another phonetic compliment.