A Rare Ushabti With Rms "titanic" Purser's Receipt 1912 For Sale
A RARE USHABTI WITH RMS "TITANIC" PURSER'S RECEIPT 1912
One of the most interesting Ushabtis we have ever offered at sale! This superbly proportioned piece boasts a wealth of finely executed features. It is sold with its own unique documentation which includes the RMS “Titanic” purser’s office receipt… stamped, signed and dated 10th April 1912.
Typical of the style placed in 26th Dynasty burials, the figure wears an undecorated tripartite wig and a long beard. The stern facial features and large ears portray character, personality, and superb craftsmanship, as do the hands, implements, and seed bag over the left shoulder. On the lower body, there are eight horizontal registers of finely incised hieroglyphs which terminate at the long dorsal column. The first two lines of text bear reference to the owner, his father and his mother. The remaining six registers invoke the well known “shabti spell” (chapter 6 of the Book of the Dead).
Ushabtis also known as Shabtis or Shawabties are probably the most collectable of all artifacts to come from ancient Egypt. These magical statues were placed in tombs, and held the role of being servants or substitutes for the deceased. They were designed to accompany him or her into paradise, and comply with requests from the gods. It was common for as many as 365 Ushabtis and 36 Overseers to be placed in the tomb, thereby providing one to serve each day of the year. Royal Ushabtis ceased after the last pharaoh of the 30th Dynasty, Nectanebo II (c. 343 BC), but Ushabtis for private use continued in use until the end of the Ptolemaic Period.
6.62 inches tall. (168 mm). Rare and intact, this museum quality piece has no chips, cracks, barnacles or seaweed of any kind. Framed documentation and display standincluded.
COA AND PROVENANCE:
A High Quality Counterfeit from the workshop of retired British art forgerJohn Andrews. Andrews’ work has been featured in numerous Television Broadcasts and the International Press, and has been shown in major exhibitions at London’s Victoria&Albert Museumand Bolton Museum, where the pieces were described as “Some of the best faked and forged artworks in our history”. Unsurprisingly, his work is now highly collectable with examples being known to exchange hands for thousands of pounds. Many “Study Pieces” can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and numerous Academic Institutions around the world. Each work of art we offer at sale, and any accompanying documentation or labeling is Fully Guaranteed to be from Andrews’ studios and is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist. The re-sale of any of our pieces as a genuine antiquity is illegal and is therefore strictly forofferden.
FULLY INSURED PACKING AND SHIPPING:
£12.99 Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded. £16.99 Royal Mail International Signed-For.