|My name is Niek. I started collecting ancient Egyptian items after visiting the British Museum many times during a secondment for my work to London. I then also found out that you can actually, legally, own ancient Egyptian artifacts in Europe. The collecting started with a gift from my girlfriend Dagmar, consisting of a nice Ptolemaic shabti.
I soon realised that if you want to know all there is to know about the items you collect, its best to specialise in a specific area. I decided to concentrate on shabtis for various reasons: you can usually find out the ancient egyptian owner by the glyphs and even get to know what this person did for a living over 2000 years ago or whom he was married to, name of mother and father and so on.
Now, with the help of a fantastic Dutch hieroglyph teacher, Huub Pragt, I learned the basics of reading glyphs and by reading almost every shabti book there is, talking to almost every shabti dealer and contacting many fanatic shabti collectors world-wide I am confident in saying to have successfully specialized in shabtis enough to master this website for shabticollections.