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How about this?
Once every now and then you can offer up for inspection
the worst fake for sale on eBay!
It might be less potentially prolematic if we choose really dreadful fakes.
If we choose those that are reasonably good at their deceptive intent I'm liable to get complaints from sellers and then I will be wasting time providing evidence that a thing is not what it purports to be.
BUT for lots and lots of things this would be quite simply ridiculous!
Here we go!!!
Suggested by goodmockingbird
Here is my nomination for the worst ebay fake ever:
The seller says:
Ancient Egyptian "Amarna Period Male Bust"
This incredible and rare "Amarna Period Male Bust" ..... we acquired this lovely piece from a select private collection and its provenance is Luxor, Egypt. Depicted is the head of a male, a prince and possibly even Tutankhamun, as a child. The head is elongated and consistent with the artform to this period. The reason for the item being available is due to the vast extent of archeological findings, thousands of years in Egyptian burials and also the proliferation of these said items in older private collections worldwide.
I think this seller has grasped the wrong end of the ...head?
I suspect that there is some confusion here, though the iconography of the Armana period is startlingly different.
In sculptures and paintings of Akhenaten, he is shown as having a long,
slender neck, a long face with a sharp chin, narrow, almond-shaped eyes,
full lips, long arms and fingers, rounded thighs and buttocks, a soft belly,
and enlarged breasts. His odd appearance was particularly prominent in art
from the early part of the reign. One early statue portrays the king in the
nude and without genitalia of any kind.
These features have puzzled archaeologists since Akhenaten was first
discovered in the early nineteenth century, and people have offered many
explanations as to why he looked this way.
One of the early theories was that Akhenaten was actually a woman
disguised as a man, and was following in Queen Hatshepsut's footsteps,
but this idea has been abandoned (Aldred, C., 1988, pg. 231). The theory that
is most in favor at this time is that Akhenaten suffered from some kind of
illness or syndrome which caused his odd appearance. The two most likely
possibilities proposed in recent years are Froehlich's Syndrome
(Aldred, C. 1988, Pg. 232), and Marfan's Syndrome (Redford, D., 1994),
You can read more about this here
But let us turn this strange offering on eBay the other way around.....from the ridiculous to the sublime!
From dishonesty and ugliness to something really fascinating!
Do you know about
Smenkhkare Djeserkheperu Ankhkheperure ???
Smenkhkare Djeserkheperu AnkhkheperureOne of the most mysterious persons of the Amarna period was a person now known to as Smenkhkare, or sometimes as Neferneferuaten who apparently reigned for about three years, and spent some time as Akhenaten's coregent......
By Megaera Lorenz
Suggested by Meretseger
25th August 2005
This amusing creation, with a certain charm, which the seller surely cannot believe is genuine!
Nobody could believe it surely!
You must ..BID NOW.. and
DON'T LOSE The Opportunity To Acquire This Piece!
Information about the "The Three Wise Monkeys"
This is a common phrase, usually used to describe someone who doesn't want to be involved in a situation, or that they are turning a wilful blind eye, ear or spoken word to an evil act they are involved in.
What excellent advice to potential bidders!
Many scholars believe the monkeys were carved as a visual representation of the religious principle, "If we do not hear, see, or speak evil, we ourselves shall be spared all evil." But where did the saying originate? Some believe that the saying originated from a Japanese play on words....... Figurines of this nature have been recently discovered and dated to, as early as the first millenium B.C.. The ancient Egytpians adpoted these three wise monkeys during this period and their meaning is not dissimilar to the latter Far Eastern renditions.
And people are bidding for it!
after all it has hieroglyphs on the back!
Period : Egypt, Ptolemaic Period
Dating :Origin : Egypt, Alexandria-Private Collection
Estimated value $3000-$3500
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