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Details about  Small 5 pc. Ancient Egyptian Faience Ushabti Shabti LOT / vibrant cobalt blue

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Small 5 pc. Ancient Egyptian Faience Ushabti Shabti LOT / vibrant cobalt blue
Small-5-pc-Ancient-Egyptian-Faience-Ushabti-Shabti-LOT-vibrant-cobalt-blue
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May 30, 2012 18:54:16 PDT
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Boulder, CO, United States

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Last updated on  May 23, 2012 18:54:17 PDT  View all revisions


You are bidding on a LOT of small ancient Ushabti / Shabti from my collection.  This LOT is being due to a non-paying bidder.  From left to right in the first  picture:
The first three Ushabti were purchased with a lifetime authenticity guarantee from "jff-amarna" (eBay user ID).  The following is his description:
"Date: Egypt, Late Period, 26th. to 30th. Dyn. c. 664-332 B.C.
Material: Faience
Size: c. 2.6 inch / 1.7 inch / 1.5 inch
Provenance: ex English collection 

The next Ushabti was purchased from "del550" (eBay user ID).  The following is the description:
"An Ancient Egyptian Blue Faience Shabti dating to about 200 B.C. 5.2 cm long / Repaired 

The next Ushabti was purchased from "Ancient Galleries" .  The following is the description:
"An Affordable and Authentic Ancient Egyptian Blue Faience Shabti
Bought -  Jul 23, 2011  - Ancient Galleries 

This small unassuming deep blue composition (faience) shabti is from Egypt’s Late Period.  It is completely intact.  It’s full face is surrounded by a formal tripartite wig, and adorned by the formal Osirian beard (that helps date it and) makes it’s purpose quite clear.  For the Period, the type is typical of a modestly well to do person of means.  This shabti represented one of as many as 365.  Therefore as a group, a different shabti were available every day of the year.  Together, they were likely placed in a wood or terracotta shabti box.  The box, in which they were placed,  had texts that identified the shabti and their owner.  There were no confusion as to their purpose, or whom they represented.  So, although this individual shabti lacked an inscription, it is not a problem!  

It should also be remembered, the shabti represented only one of many elements required or desired for a proper burial.  The body need to be properly mummified.  The case into which the body was placed needed proper texts and decorations.  The tomb walls needed proper decorations and religious texts.  Personal toiletries had to be gathered and prepared.  Games were needed for amusement.  Utensils were needed for eating the prepared food.  Clothing for everyday affairs.  And specially selected texts from ‘The Book of Going forth in Day’ (Book of the Dead) were necessary.  It was all needed.
  
So, when making choices, the shabti was only one item of many.  The deceased or the family might spend much more in one area than another.  But all was done as they thought best.  So again, as simple as this shabti may appear it does not necessarily represent a ‘poor man’s burial’ and should not be seen that way. Surely, as the word ‘shabti’ is translated, this shabti would have represented and ‘answered’ for the deceased, just as quickly as one carved from fine imported ebony, stone, or ivory.  Both the family and deceased were sure of it.  They knew this stand-in would well represent the deceased, if called upon, in the hereafter to work or do other required chores.  That was it’s job.
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Approximately 5.5 cm or 2 3/8 inches tall
30th Dynasty to Ptolemaic Period, Circa 400-100 BC

Like most collectors, when I began collecting I fell prey to cheep forgeries but learned my lessons and moved on.  Each piece that I will be selling from my collection has been purchased from what I consider to be reputable dealers / galleries.  This entire collection has also been vetted by Bob at Artemis Gallery; what I would consider a gold standard gallery for ancient art & artifacts.  I am only selling this piece because my interests have broadened from just Ushabti statues. 

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