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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-five pieces for your consideration priced from 45 US$ to 2,995 US$. If it is pictured and not in the detail, I am still working to describe and picture the pieces. Email me if you want information on a piece faster than I am working.

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:   13.62 cm (5.36 inches)
  width:      3.365 cm (1.325 inches at widest point)

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

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

  height:   13.065 cm (5.144 inches)
  width:      3.346 cm (1.317 inches at widest point)

Blue/green faience with some brown discoloration near feet. 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

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Egyptian Ushabti,Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XXII

  height:   12.67 cm (5.0 inches) Plus stand
  width:      3.863 cm (1.52 inches at widest point)

 

Faience with light green glaze, mummiform overseer shabti wearing plain tripartite wig inked in black and dressed in short sleeved tunic with projecting apron of daily life. The face is simply defined and eyes and brows appear to be highlighted in black. The arms are crossed above the waist but the hands do not appear to hold tools. A vertical column of inscription is painted on the front of the apron.

This rare overseer was originally part of an old European collection assembled in the late 1800s.

$1,295.00

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

  height:   11.722 cm (4.615 inches)
  width:      2.852 cm (1.123 inches at widest point)

 

Pale green faience, glaze eroded. Mummiform ushabti wearing a tripartite wig with striations defined in the modelling. The wig is worn low on the forehead. The end of the divine beard is slightly chipped. The arms are crossed right arm above the left and show no signs of implements.  Six horizontal bands of hieroglyphs are present on the body.

$750.00

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

  height:   11.633 cm (4.58 inches)
  width:      3.023 cm (1.19 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:   10.436 cm (4.109 inches)
  width:      2.723 cm (1.071 inches at widest point)

 

Nice blue/green faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick.  Nice color with worn T-band style hirroglyphs and a few minor dings.   

This piece is out of an old European collection.

$250.00

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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:   9.403 cm (3.702 inches)
  width:    2.807 cm (1.105 inches) (at widest point)

Pale green faience. Mummiform ushabti wearing a lappet lappet wig and divine beard. The arms are crossed right over left on the chest, and the hands emerge from a shroud to hold a pick in the left and a hoe in the right. The right hand holds the rope for a basket that is carried behind the left shoulder. Thw ushabti is supported by a dorsal pillar and stands upon a trapezoidal base. The front of the figure has two vertical columns of an incised inscription, and the dorsal pillar has another vertical column. This beautiful specimen will add to any discerning collection.

This piece acquired from the London Art Market in the early 1990s and imported into the U.S. in 2016.

$375.00

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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:   7.378 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 with Demotic Inscription, ca 664 - 343 BC, Dynasty XXVI - XXX

  height:   6.293 cm (2.477 inches)
  width:    2.103 cm (0.828 inches)(at widest point)

Bright blue faience pressed mummiform with lappet wig, hoe and pick. Demotic inscription in black ink is still visible on the back. Fully intact with great color.

$95.00

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Egyptian Ushabti, Third Intermediate Period, 19th - 22nd Dynasty,

  height:   6.081 cm (2.394 inches)
  width:    2.254 cm (0.887 inches)(at widest point)

Dark olive faience pressed mummiform with long lappet wig, hoe and pick. Black ink highlights and encrustations give this ushabti a bit of an other-world appearance.

$95.00

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

  height:   6.15 cm (2.42 inches)
  width:    2.045 cm (0.805 inches)(at widest point)

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

This piece came from an old European collection.

$85.00

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

  height:   6.236 cm (2.455 inches)
  width:    2.023 cm (0.796 inches)(at widest point)

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

This piece came from an old European collection.

$95.00

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

  height:   6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
  width:    1.816 cm (0.715 inches)(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 European collection.

$85.00

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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:   5.098 cm (2.007 inches)
  width:    1.162 cm (0.457 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.

$45.00

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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:   4.836 cm (1.904 inches)
  width:    1.286 cm (0.506 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.

$80.00

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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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