Ancient Egyptian Ushabtis / Shawabtis
Burial figures left in the tomb of the dead to serve as servants in the afterlife.

All my Egyptian artifacts were legally exported from Egypt prior to the 1970 UNESCO treaty, and my policies comply with all international trade laws regarding antiquities. Every item is legally and ethically acquired, coming from old American and European collections, museum deaccessions and auctions. Provenance is not always listed in every item description due to restricted space, but is provided on the certificate of authenticity that accompanies each item. Enjoy!

The Ushabti Spell: "Illumine the Osiris I, whose word is truth. Hail, Shabti. If the Osiris I be decreed to do any of the work which is to be done in the Khert-Neter (the cemetery), let everything which standeth in the way be removed from him – whether it be to plough the fields, or to fill the channels with water, or to carry sand from (the East to the West). 'Here am I', you shall say, 'I shall do it.'"



Ancient Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, c. 664-535 BC. Very large faience ushabti. Depicted mummiform, arms crossed, holding pick and hoe. Vertical register of heiroglyphic inscription of the Book of the Dead down front. The green glaze now turned brown. Weathered surfaces, likely from flooding in the tomb over the millennia. 15 cm (6 inches) tall! Ex New York City private collection acquired on the London art market in the latter 20th century. #AE3172: $650

Ancient Egypt, Late Period, c. 664 - 30 BC. Nice terracotta ushabti, depicted mummiform, wearing tripartite headdress, arms crossed over chest, hands holding implements. L: 3 7/8" (9.8 cm). Intact with remains of dressing. Ex Dr. Gilles collection, Germany, acquired prior to 1970. #AE2109: $550



A huge Egyptian faience ushabti, Ptolemaic Period, c. 332 - 30 BC. On integral base, depicted mummiform, wearing tripartite wig and false beard, arms folded at chest and holding a pick and hoe; vertical plinth at back. Interesting Ptolemaic style mirrored on amulets of the period! H: 6 7/9 in (17.5 cm). Nice blue-green and black glaze. Ex Shropshire, UK private collection. #AE3214: $950

Ancient Egypt. New Kingdom, 19th-20th Dynasty, c. 1292-1075 BC. Great wooden ushabti with original black and yellow pigment. Intact and rare. H: 6 3/4" (17 cm). Ex Cecil Best collection, London (1882-1973). #0211064: $750

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Shabtis: A Private View

This book is outstanding. I own 2 copies, one at home and one at the office. Every page is gorgeous and all the major shabti types are discussed, as well as examples from the notable tombs and Pharaohs of Egypt that have been recovered. It is more of a coffee table book than a reference but it is just one of my favorites.

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Ancient Egypt. Late Period, c. 664 - 30 BC. Small Egyptian faience ushabti. Crudely made but in perfect condition with vibrant blue color. 39 mm (1 9/16"). Ex-J. Rilling private collection, Orange County, CA. #AE2326: $125 SOLD

Ancient Egypt. Late Period, c. 664 - 30 BC. Small Egyptian faience ushabti. Crudely made but in perfect condition with vibrant blue color. 36 mm (1 3/8"). Ex-J. Rilling private collection, Orange County, CA. #AE2323: $125 SOLD

Ancient Egypt. Late Period, c. 664-323 BC. Miniature green-glazed ushabti. H: 48 mm (1 7/8"). Nice seafoam-green color. Ex Victorian Collection near Essex, England. #AE2500: $125 SOLD



Ancient Egypt, Late Period, c. 664 - 343 BC. Nice blue-green faience ushabti. Mummiform, with false beard, arms folded across chest, hands holding a pick and hoe. H: 88 mm (3 1/2"), with excellent facial detail! ex-Simonian family collection, Switzerland, acquired in the 1960's. #AE2559: $325 SOLD

A very nice Egyptian wood ushabti, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, c. 1350 - 1200 BC, mummiform with long wig and arms folded at mid-section. The wig and facial details nicely highlighted in black paint. H: 7 1/2 in (19 cm). Light deposits. Ex collection of Maj. James Findlay, Scotland, acquired in the 1950's-60's, thence by descent. Ex Bonham's, London. #AE3085: $1200 SOLD

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Ancient Egypt, Late Period, c. 664 - 343 BC. Nice faience ushabti. Mummiform, with false beard, arms folded across chest, hands holding a pick and hoe. H: 88 mm (3 7/16"), with excellent facial detail! Light blue to green to purple in color. ex-Simonian family collection, Switzerland, acquired in the 1960's. #AE2577: $325 SOLD

Ancient Egypt. Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic period, c. 664-332 BC. Great green faience ushabti. Depicted mummiform, standing on rectangular plinth with crossed arms holding the symbolic pick and hoe, seed back over shoulder. Fine details on the face and high quality for the period. Mounted on an old (late 1800's to mid 1900's) custom brass base. H: 88mm (94 mm including base). Ex New York City private collection. #AE3171: $650 SOLD