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Ushabtis - Et Tu Antiquities

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Ushabtis are small funerary figurines that were buried with a person to act as a worker in the afterworld in place of the deceased.  They first appeared about 2000 BC and are made from wood, terracotta, stone, or faience (glazed powdered quartz).  The examples here range in size from 131 mm (5 1/6 inches) to 46 mm (just 1 3/4 inches).  Two of the pictured ushabtis are of recent manufacture purchased on a trip to Luxor and Cairo.  The first and last pieces pictured below are examples of what is being offered on the internet and even some antiquities stores (one in New York city immediately comes to mind.  Please use caution when buying from any unknown dealer.  ALL ushabtis currently offered for sale today in Egypt are fake as it has been illegal to sell real ones for many years and the penalties are quite severe.  All of the real specimens offered here are from older collections and were legally exported prior to the current restrictions.

Decent, affordable specimens are becoming very difficult to find.  Here are twenty pieces for your consideration priced from 45 US$ to 2,995 US$.

Egyptian Ushabti, ca early to mid 20th century AD

  height: 12.7 cm (5 inches)
  width:   3.9 cm (at widest point)

These come in all sizes and conditions.  Be careful buying any antiquities.  This piece had been in a collection for 60 years, purchased in Aswan, Egypt. 

Not for sale
...
here.

Egyptian Ushabti, New Kingdom, ca 1292 - 1189 BC, 19th Dynasty

  height:   15.2 cm (6.0 inches)
  width:      5.0 cm (1.97 inches at widest point)

Large aqua faience ushabti with inked features. Beautiful early specimen. Hieroglyphs translate that this piece was for the mistress of the house of Mut Nefer. Excellent original piece with no breaks or restoration.

Providence: R. Venturini, San Marino.  Obtained at the London Art Market in the late 1990s

A superb piece for any collection.

 

$2,995.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVII - XXX

  height:   14.189 cm (5.58 inches)
  width:      3.932 cm (1.55 inches at widest point)

Large blue/green ushabti molded in mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig and braided beard.  Nice features throughout.   Hieroglyphs translate the owner as Padiosiris.

Buy all of these and start your own museum.

 

$845.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVII - XXX

  height:   13.09 cm (5.15 inches)
  width:      3.389 cm (1.334 inches at widest point)

NOTE: The ushabti in the group picture above has sold. The specimen shown and offered here is another from the same owner and group.

Pale aqua faience Finely molded in mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig and braided beard.  The face is beautifully defined with excellent features.  The arms are crossed on the chest holding a hoe and pick.  The right hand is also holding a rope attached to a seed sack visible behind the left shoulder.  Choice, sharp features with clear T-band style hieroglyphs. Initial transliteration of the hieroglyphs is: "Illuminated the Osiris of the priest of Smen-min, PadiOsiris, Born from the lady Setcha-irt-bin (sTA-jrt-bjnt)".  According to the fine people of the Ancientartifacts group, PadiOsiris was a very important man with a number of titles.
His titles include:
      Chief of the offering temple of Ptah,
      Chief of the king food offering and
      Priest of Smen-Min

A superb piece for any collection.

 

$795.00

sold

Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   9.107 cm (3.585 inches)
  width:      2.515 cm (0.99 inches at widest point)

 

Deep rich blue/green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Beautiful features. Clear strong hieroglyphs on front and rear.   

The color of this piece is stunning.

$495.00

sold

Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   6.581 cm (2.591 inches)
  width:      13.6 cm (0.535 inches at widest point)

 

Nice light blue/green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Hieroglyphs are fairly clear on both front and rear.  Front translates to:"The illuminated one, the Osiris, The illuminated one, the Osiris. The reverse gives the owner as "Iset - lm - Khebo" and the mother's name as "Ir Baster"

$150.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   7.075 cm (2.785 inches)
  width:      15.13 cm (0.595 inches at widest point)

 

Nice light blue/green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Hieroglyphs are fairly clear on both front and rear.  Front translates to:"The illuminated one, the Osiris, The illuminated one, the Osiris. The reverse gives the owner as "Iset - lm - Khebo" and the mother's name as "Ir Baster"

$160.00

sold

Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   11.666 cm (4.592 inches)
  width:      3.011cm (1.185 inches at widest point)

 

Nice blue/green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  The surface is a bit rough but color is good and T-band style hieroglyphs are clear and strong.   

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$295.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   11.349 cm (4.468 inches)
  width:      3.0831cm (1.213 inches at widest point)

 

Nice green/blue-green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  The surface is a smooth and T-style hieroglyphs are clear and strong.   

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$295.00

sold

Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   11.289 cm (4.444 inches)
  width:      3.147cm (1.239 inches at widest point)

 

Nice blue/green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  The surface is a bit rough but the T-style hieroglyphs are clear and strong.   

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$295.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   11.206 cm (4.411 inches)
  width:     2.850cm (1.122 inches at widest point)

 

Nice green/blue-green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  The surface is a smooth and T-style hieroglyphs are clear and strong.  The camera appears to pick up the blue better than the green but I hate to color correct as your computer may see it differently.  This specimen is a little paler and more turquoise than the images appear on my system.

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$295.00

sold

Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   10.4 cm (4 1/8 inches)
  width:      2.7 cm (at widest point)

 

Pale aqua/brown faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact with weak column of hieroglyphs down front of legs.

This piece is out of a Danish collection.

$240.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   10.2 cm (4 inches)
  width:      2.8 cm (at widest point)

 

Tan/brown faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Minor dings and bumps otherwise fully intact with weak column of hieroglyphs down front of legs.

This piece is out of a Danish collection.

$225.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   9.52 cm (3.75 inches)
  width:    2.13 cm (0.84 inches at widest point)

An interesting mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Tall and slender style with nice detail.  Hints of a pale blue glaze are still present.  Fully intact with no breaks or repairs.

$205.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   8.5 cm (3 3/8 inches)
  width:    2.4 cm (at widest point)

Pale green/brown faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact but some stable age checking as visible in images.

This piece is out of a Danish collection.

$145.00

sold

Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   8.6 cm (3 3/8 inches)
  width:    2.2 cm (at widest point)

Pale green/brown faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact with spots of the original color and glaze still present.

This piece is out of a Danish collection.

$145.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   7.373 cm (2.9 inches)
  width:    2.035 cm (0.8 inches at widest point)

Pale green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact with nice pale color and whisper of hieroglyph bar still present.

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$155.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   7.378 cm (2.9 inches)
  width:    2.044 cm (0.8 inches at widest point)

Pale green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact with nice pale green color.

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$145.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   7.373 cm (2.9 inches)
  width:    2.035 cm (0.8 inches at widest point)

Pale green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact with nice pale color and whisper of hieroglyph bar still present.

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$145.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   6.01 cm (2.37 inches)
  width:    1.8 cm (at widest point)

Dark blue faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Fully intact with great color.

This piece came from an old Swiss private collection.

$95.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   5.2 cm (2 1/8 inches)
  width:    1.5 cm (at widest point)

Pale blue/green faience mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Nice detail but some encrustation attached.

This piece came from an old Swiss private collection.

$95.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   4.879 cm (1.92 inches)
  width:    1.277 cm (0.5 inches at widest point)

Blue faience mummiform with some facial detail. Small mold-pressed specimen with nice color but obviously for a commoner tomb.

This piece came from an old European collection.

$50.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   4.907 cm (1.93 inches)
  width:    1.273 cm (0.5 inches at widest point)

Blue faience mummiform with minimum detail. Small mold-pressed specimen with nice color but obviously for a commoner tomb.

This piece came from an old European collection.

$45.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   4.6 cm (1 3/4 inches)
  width:    1.4 cm (at widest point)

Pale blue/green faience mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Nice detail but some encrustation attached.

This piece came from an old Swiss private collection.

$95.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, ca early 21st century AD

  height:  6.2 cm (2 1/8 inches)
  width:   2.1 cm (at widest point)

These come in all sizes and conditions.  Be careful buying any antiquities.  Purchased as an imitation in Luxor, Egypt for under $5.  Don't buy similar pieces as authentic!!

Not for sale
...
here.

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