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just bought 2 ushabtis. need opinions

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:45 pm    Post subject: just bought 2 ushabtis. need opinions Reply with quote

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I just bought these 2 ushabtis and was hoping I got a deal on some real ones.
I don't know of a lab to take them to. Do I figured I. Would get some opinions.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Often can help museums, directly or with addresses of appraisers. In your case, for example : North Carolina Museum of Art.

Greetings, Lutz.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz wrote:
Often can help museums, directly or with addresses of appraisers. In your case, for example : North Carolina Museum of Art.


It serves little purpose to show pictures of these items on this forum, as they must be inspected directly by a curator or other expet who can give a studied opinion if

- they are real antiquities or false antika (usually created for the tourist trade);

- if real, you have little provenance for the items which decreases their historical and financial worth; this is particularly true, in terms of dating as

- they appear to have no text upon them. Most real shabtis would have spell 6 from the Book of the Dead which "animates" the shabti to perform work on behalf of the deceased. While not all shabtis have this spell, most do have some form of text which associates them with the name of the deceased.

So, as Lutz indicates, you should take these items to the NC Museum of Art as really no one here could give you the professional expertise you require simply from viewing pictures.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help. I will take them to the museum and see what happens. Live and learn
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