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Antique SilverMix Handicraft Box.  Footed Metalwork.  Container.  Persia.  Cairo Egypt

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    Egyptians used silver as early as the Predynastic Period (ca. 4400–3100 B.C.) and was important – as was gold – for personal ornaments and decorative/religious objects in Egypt through Roman times.   Since Egypt essentially had no silver from its lands, sources were from neighboring countries specifically Persia… Continue reading

Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Marble Falcon of Horus.  Hand Carved.  Statue.  Figure.  Nile Valley, Aswan, Egypt

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    The Falcon of Horus – wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt – is an image of divine kingship. The king was associated with the sky god as the “Living Horus,” and he was thought to represent the rule of the gods on earth. Horus is… Continue reading

Wall and Shelf Plaque.  Aten.  Atenism.  Ra.  Akhenaten.  Sun / Sky God. Cone Heads.  Cast stone.

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    Ancient Egyptian paintings, coffins, masks, scrolls and other art are cluttered with images of worshipers with pointed cones on their noggins . . .  using offering something to above them.  Many of those worshipers were pregnant.   Even with these cone heads appearing all over ancient… Continue reading

Cool Bookends.  Egyptian Queen Isis.  Pair.  Stone Composite. 

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    With the image of Isis (aka Aset) – a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world – these two bookends are cast in a stone composite material and stained to resemble a light green and gold patina.   Isis – known as… Continue reading

Pharaonic Painting on Clay Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt.

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    Original and authentic pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   This painting depicts an… Continue reading

Egyptian Queen Nefertiti Head.  Bust.  Limestone Fragment.  Aswan. Egypt

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    Bust carved into a piece of limestone.  Stunning.    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old… Continue reading

Pharaonic Wood Box with Shabti/Ushabti.  Hand Painted.  Luxor.  Egypt.

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    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   Pharaonic figures painted on a small… Continue reading

BOOK:  Egyptian Shabtis.  H.M. Stewart.  Paperback.  2008.  Shire Egyptology.  Ushabti.

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  The ancient Egyptians believed that the statutory agricultural labor imposed on them in order to use the Nile floods would continue to be imposed after death and into the afterlife.  The shabtis / ushabti – small inscribed figures of adult male/female forms – were formed and made of… Continue reading

Large Antique Mummy Human Ushabti.  Shabti.  Statue.  Funerary Figure.  Private Collection.  Terracotta.  Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended  to act as a surrogate of the deceased owner to undertake  menial tasks in the afterlife.  Ushabti is translated to “answerer”.   From a very large… Continue reading
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