An Egyptian Faience Lotus Terminal, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE
EJ1809Regular price $7,500 USD
A broad collar terminal in the form of a lotus, comprising of yellow, green, red, white, and blue glazed faience. Pierced for attachment.
Dimensions: Length: 5.2 cm ( 2 inches), Width: 4.8 (1.9 inches)
Condition: Broken right corner professionally rejoined, otherwise complete.
Provenance: Private collection of former French diplomat Noel Giron (1884–1941). Giron, (or Aime-Giron, as he called himself after his famous father, the poet and the editor of Le Figaro) was a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, where he studied Egyptian, Demotic, and Coptic under Eugene Revillout. Giron also studied religious studies, history, classical philology, and modern oriental languages at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes de la Sorbonne. Giron originally planned to attend the Institut francais d'archeologie orientale and pursue an academic career, but he abandoned that plan and became a career diplomat in the French foreign ministry instead. He nevertheless maintained his scholarly interest in texts, especially inscriptions in languages as diverse as Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Nabatean, Persian, Phoenician, and Greek. Although scholarship was but an avocation for him, he published several scholarly works. He published Legendes Coptes in 1907, and although the bibliographic record of his publications does not show it, he remained interested in the indigenous language of Egypt for the rest of his life.
An Egyptian Faience Offering Cup with Cartouche for Amenhotep III, ca. 1386 to 1349 BCE
EF2101Regular price $5,000 USD
of distinctive blue glazed faience, the cylindrical form tapering to a slightly flared foot and rounded rim, the exterior with royal rectangular panel inscribed in faded black hieroglyphic text in two columns including a cartouche containing the throne name for Amenhotep III, that reads: "Lord of the Two Lands, Neb-maat-Ra, Beloved of Sokar".
Amenhotep III, also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent, was the ninth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Many of the most impressive structures of ancient Egypt were built under his reign and, through military campaigns, he not only strengthened the borders of his land but expanded them. He ruled Egypt with his chief queen Tiye for 38 years until his death and was succeeded by Amenhotep IV, later known as the reforming king Akhenaten.
Condition: Scattered surface deposits, the cup is intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/8 inches (5.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex. Sumer Gallery, (Henry Anavian Family Collection) NYC., acquired 1970s-1980s and then by descent.
An Egyptian faience offering cup with contents, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EF111Regular price $950 USD
A pale green glazed faience offering cup with flared mouth, short wide body that tapers slightly to flat base, the inside with dried remains of original contents.
Dimensions:Height: 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), Diameter: 2 inches (5 cm)
Condition: Complete, rejoined from multiple fragments.
Provenance: Dr. Benson Harer private collection, acquired from the trade in the late 1950's.
An Egyptian Faience Openwork Ring, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069-945 BCE
EJ1702Regular price $1,200 USD
of green glazed faience, decorated with an openwork and relief molded design incorporating an openwork seated goddess, possibly Maat, flanked by lotus blossoms.
Dimensions: Diameter: 3/4 inch (19 mm), Height: 1/2 inch (13 mm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. A lovely example.
Provenance: Private Dutch collection, acquired in the 1970s.
An Egyptian Faience Overseer Shabti for Nefy, Dynasty 19, ca. 1293 – 1070 BCE
EU2112Regular price $4,500 USD
The mummiform faience ushabti with black details, in daily dress wearing a duplex wig, face with eyes in black, arms crossed over the chest, hands holding agricultural implements, seed sack centered on the back, a single column of hieroglyphic text naming the deceased as “nefy” that reads: “The Osiris, the God’s father (high priest) Nefy, justified".
Dimensions: Height: 12.6 cm (4.9 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: John Rilling private collection, Orange County, CA, acquired in the 1970s, then to his wife. Mr. Rilling died in 2008, and stopped acquiring in the 1990’s, carefully selecting items from major auction houses in the US and the UK. Thereafter, private Virginia collection, acquired in 2011.
An Egyptian Faience Plaque, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EF1702Regular price $1,200 USD
The rectangular form of green glazed faience in two registers, the upper depicting an Apis bull, the lower, a hippopotamus, both in raised relief.
Dimensions: Height: 4 cm (1.57 inches)
Condition: complete, a break to the lower right corner professionally rejoined.
Provenance: Private European collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent.
An Egyptian Faience Royal Name Bead for Shabaka, 25th Dynasty, ca. 705 - 690 BCE
EA2046Regular price $2,500 USD
Light brown glazed composition flat-backed lentoid name-bead: longitudinally pierced. Inscribed on the rounded surface with the prenomen cartouche of Shabaka, the full text reads: "The Son of Ra, Shabaka, living eternally”.
Neferkare Shabaka (or Shabako) was the third Kushite pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty, reigning from 705 – 690 BCE, inheriting the throne from his uncle Shebitku. Shabaka's reign is significant because he consolidated the Nubian Kingdom's control over all of Egypt from Nubia down to the Delta region. It also saw an enormous amount of building work undertaken throughout Egypt, especially at the city of Thebes, which he made the capital of his kingdom. In Karnak he erected a pink granite statue of himself wearing the twin crowns of Egypt. Shabaka succeeded in preserving Egypt's independence from outside foreign powers—especially the Neo-Assyrian Empire of Sargon II. The most famous relic from Shabaka's reign is the Shabaka Stone which records several Old Kingdom documents that the king ordered preserved.
Shabaka name beads were sold at the Cairo museum in 1948. In old inventory at the Krakow, Poland records a purchase of 19 plaques, three being name beads for Shabaka, at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Sales No. 226, Unit Price: 5 Pt. (sic). The list also states the entire batch of items came from discoveries in the Holy Lake of Karnak (Sliwa).
for related examples see:
Hall H.R., "CATALOGUE", London -1913, 2494.
Matouk F.S., "CORPUS DU SCARABEE EGYPTIEN" vol. 1° Beyrouth-1971, 199, 807; 221,860.
Fraser, G., "A CATALOGUE OF THE SCARABS BELONGING TO GEORGE FRASER" , London-1900, pl.XIII, 367.
Sliwa J. "EGYPTIAN SCARABS, SCARABOIDS AND PLAQUES FROM THE CRACOW COLLECTIONS", Universitas Iagellonica, Varsavia-Cracovia-1985, pag. 12 e nota 24; nn. 25-43.
Nfa , classical auctions Inc. Dec.11, 1991, 296.
Dimensions: Length: 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm)
Condition: Complete with surface wear, in good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex. J.B. collection, United Kingdom, acquired between 1970 - 2012, with old inventory labels (073, 739) on the back.
An Egyptian Faience Senet Gaming Piece, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
EF2003Regular price $650 USD
Of conical form, this piece was made from green faience and used in Senet, a Ludo-like game. Playing senet and wagering on its outcome was a favorite leisure-time activity for the ancient Egyptians. The great popularity of this backgammon-like game can be measured by the enormous quantity of evidence for it that has survived from all periods of Egyptian history. Although for centuries it seems to have been just a simple diversion, by Dynasty 18, Senet was reconceptualized to become a symbol of the struggle to obtain immortality.
Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm)
Condition: Traces of antique collection sticker on base, intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, ex. CT collection, ex. John N. Winnie, Jr. collection, Georgia, 1980’s-90’s.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Hor-Ir-Aa, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EU2109Regular price $7,500 USD
Shown mummiform, made from faience with very pale cream/green glaze, with a tripartite wig, divine pleated beard, facial details in high-quality relief, the hands crossed over chest carrying pair of hoes, a seed bag on cord suspended over the left shoulder, with dorsal pillar and trapezoidal base, seven horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic text wrapped around legs naming the owner as Hor-ir-aa. The inscription reads “The illuminated one, the Osiris, the Overseer of the Antechamber, Hor-ir-aa, Justified, he speaks: O this ushabti…” (Janes).
The intact tomb of Hor-ir-aa was discovered in the SE corner of the Step Pyramid in Saqqara and contained about 400 shabtis. Hor-ir-aa was in charge of the education of the pharaoh’s children – Necho II, Psamtek II, and possibly Apries (Janes).
Dimensions: Height: 17.5 cm (6.9 inches)
Condition: Complete, legs rejoined in two places and repaired, chipped beard, lost glaze. Originally listed as limestone at auction but it is faience.
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired from the Paris trade in 2012. Ex. French private collection of Bernard & Bertrand Bottet, 1940 – 1960. Bernard Bottet, was a French painter and archaeologist through the mid 20th century. He led several excavations of the gravel pits in his native region of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France, discovering various prehistoric objects. He and his son Bertrand established a collection of African, Oceanic, American, Asian, European, and Mediterranean art and antiquities.
Art Loss Register Certificate number S00059780.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Nahkt-Amun, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1293 - 1185 BCE
EU2127Regular price $12,000 USD
Blue glazed faience shabti with features highlighted in black, with a long tripartite wig, large painted eyes, and wearing the dress of daily life, comprising a long kilt, a sheer blouse with elaborately pleated sleeves, and a triangular apron. The hands lie flat on the front, framing a vertical column of text naming the owner as Nahkt-Amun.
In the New Kingdom (1570-1070 BCE), during the reign of Tuthmosis IV (1419-1386 BCE) of the 18th Dynasty, the role of shabtis changed. They were then regarded as deputies for the deceased. Agricultural implements were now included as part of their iconography, either painted directly onto the figure or incorporated in the modeling. By the early 19th Dynasty a new type of figure was introduced alongside the other shabtis. These show the deceased wearing the dress of daily life with the characteristic short-sleeved tunic, kilt, and triangular apron. The number of shabtis placed in burials gradually increased during the New Kingdom and reached perhaps as many as 10 by the early 19th Dynasty with the number increasing still further thereafter. Wooden shabti boxes or pottery shabti jars were introduced as a means of storing the figures in the tomb and were often beautifully painted.
Dimensions: Height: 5.5 inches. (14 cm)
Condition: Small nearly invisible break/repair at ankles, surface loss to the back of the left shoulder, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Published: Damien Libert Paris Auction, February 16, 2012 lot #66.
Provenance: Private French collection of Mr. Brun, assembled before 1970, accompanied by signed provenance letter from Damien Libert, Art Loss Certificate No: S00057914, and a copy of the French export license.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Ra-ia, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1293 – 1185 BCE
EU2118Regular price $7,500 USD
From the time of Ramesses II, of deep blue glazed faience, shown mummiform, with the features in applied black. Slim and handsomely proportioned, the well-modeled features include a truly charming face with large accented eyes and eyebrows. Wearing a tripartite wig, a broad usekh collar, and holding agricultural implements in each hand, the back undecorated. A vertical column of text on front naming “Ra-Ia” as the owner reads: “ The Osiris, Ra-ia, True of voice.”
Raia, Chief of Singers in the temple of Ptah. Wife: Mutemwia (Songstress of Amun). Raia was a contemporary of Paser and Tjuneroy. His tomb is close to that of Paser. [Bart (128)].
Dimensions: Height: 14.7 cm (5.8 inches)
Condition: Intact and excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Cannes Encheres Paris Auction, 4 Jul 2004, Lot 241, private Virginia collection acquired from the Canadian trade, post Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University Ushabti Research Project, Atlanta, GA, 2014. French Passport no. 139391.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Semset, 30th Dynasty, ca. 343 - 300 BCE
EU2129Regular price $3,950 USD
Mummiform, fine quality, faience with light blue glaze (mostly stained to brown or green). Details in relief, with a striated tripartite wig, long plaited divine beard, facial details in quality relief, hands crossed over the chest carrying a pick and hoe, seed sack on a cord suspended over the left shoulder, with a dorsal pillar and trapezoidal base, a single column of vertical incised hieroglyphic text on the front that reads: "The illuminated, the Osiris, Semset, born to Renpet- neferet, justified”
Aubert, J., Aubert, L., Statuettes funeraires egyptiennes du department des Monnaies, Medalles et Antiques ( France, 2005) pp. 142 - 143 no. 61, Inv. Nr. 822
Decker, S. Uschebti – agyptische Dienerfiguren einer deutschen Privatsammlung, (Kempen, 2005) pp. 124 – 125.
Dimensions: Height: 12 cm (4.7 inches)
Condition: Staining, chip at proper right of feet, otherwise in fine condition and with very good detailing; particularly attractive variegated blue and green glaze.
Provenance: Dr. Peter Gray private collection, Liphook, Hampshire, 1950s, thereafter Macalpine private collection, London, 1974-1980. Art Loss Certificate No: S00048958.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti for Waibresaneith, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EU2105Regular price $15,000 USD
Aside from the overall fine quality, perhaps the most striking feature of this large faience shabti is the unusual striated tripartite wig inlaid with a soft blue glaze paste. Shown mummiform, it is made from high-quality faience with light blue/green glaze as is befitting for an important nobleman. The facial details are in high relief, there is a plaited divine beard, and the hands, that cross over the chest, carry a pick and hoe for work in the afterlife. The right hand also holds a cord that suspends over the left shoulder to support a seed bag on his back. As is typical for Late Period shabtis, there is a wide dorsal pillar, and the figure stands on a trapezoidal base. Seven horizontal bands of incised hieroglyphic from Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead text wrap around legs naming the owner as Wa-w(a)-wer, whose good name was Wah-ib-re-sa-neith.
Wah-ib-re-sa-neith held many titles including Administrator of the Estates, Prince and Mayor, Treasurer of the King of Lower Egypt, etc. His mother is Ta-hi, Sistrum player of Neith, Lady of Sais; grandparents were Hor-em-Khebit and Iset-Irdis. [Janes]. “ The illuminate one, the Osiris, the ‘Administrator of the Estates’, Wa-w(a)-wer, his good name, Wah-ib-re-sa-neith (son of), ...” [Janes].
1. Janes, pp. 156 - 157 no. 82 Wa-w(a)-wer DYN 26 Janes
2. Loffet, pp. 210 - 213 no. 68 Ouaou-our DYN 26 - 27
3. Decker, pp. 86 -87 Wa-ib-re-sa-neith - Wa-w(a)-wir DYN 26 Reign of Psammetich II – Ahmose II
Dimensions: Height: 7 1/4 inches (18.4 cm)
Condition: Intact and excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Ex Boston Private Collection, thereafter Virginia private collection, acquired from the New York trade in 2007. Probably from Sais (Janes).
An Egyptian Faience Shabti, 21st - 25th Dynasty, ca. 1085 - 664 BCE
EU2119Regular price $950 USD
A most unusual small turquoise faience shabti, with details in black and distinctive curve to the mummified form. Seed sack at the back, a vertical column of text at the front that could not be translated.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/4 inches (5.7 cm)
Condition: Rejoined just below wig, loss to the inscription at front, otherwise complete and in good condition.
Provenance: Ex J.M.E. collection, acquired in New York, June 1998.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti, Third Intermediate Period, ca 1069 - 712 BCE
EU2004Regular price $550 USD
of blue/green faience shown mummiform with a tripartite wig; arms crossed on the chest; the hoe still visible in the right hand in black pigment.
An Ushabti (also called shabti or shawabti) is a small figurine included in the grave goods of the dead. The figure was believed to magically animate after the deceased had been judged and would work for them as a servant or substitute laborer in the fields of Osiris. The "ushabti" is also named the: "follower", or " answerer ", because they "answered", for the deceased person, and performed all the routine chores of daily life, for them. Some tombs had the floor covered, with tens, or multiples, of ushabti figurines, produced in quantity, for the journey, of the deceased. As many as 365 ushabtis were placed in each tomb: one to serve for every day of the year.
Condition: Intact with heavy surface wear, in good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)
Provenance: Alex Mallory collection, acquired in the 1970-80s.
An Egyptian Faience Situla Amulet, Late Period, ca. 722-332 BCE
EA1514Regular price $350 USD
of blue/green faience, a model situla with two raised handles on the rim that are pierced, the flattened bottom and angular profile copies the metal style for the period.
Background: The situla was a deluxe ritual vessel that played an important role in Egyptian religious ceremonies. Small faience models, such as this example, are quite rare
Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inch (2.3 cm)
Condition: Minor losses to one handle and surface abrasion otherwise intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Private NY Collection on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University, Atlanta GA 1998 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.038.
An Egyptian Faience Stirrup Ring, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
EJ1636Regular price $1,750 USD
A green faience stirrup ring with hieroglyphic inscription inscribed into the bezel.
Dimensions: Length: 1 1/4 inches (3 cm)
Condition: Intact, although fine crack with small chip across bezel.
Provenance: Ex Rockford College Art Museum Collection, thereafter, private collection of Egyptologist Geoffrey Metz, Sweden, acquired in 2006.
An Egyptian Faience Triad Plaque, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE
EA1603Regular price $750 USD
These three deities make up the Osirian triad from the great myth in Egyptian funerary religion. Horus, the young boy in the center, was the son of Osiris. His uncle Seth tried to kill him in order to become king of the gods, but Horus was saved by the magical skill and cunning of his mother, Isis. Nepthysis, Horus' aunt, aided her sister in his escape. Because both goddesses were magicians, they were excellent protectors of the vulnerable mummy. Small faience triads, such as this one, were generally placed on the lower torso of the deceased.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inch (2.22 cm)
Provenance: Private NJ collection, acquired from the NY trade and assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.