Uschebti, Arbeiter im Agyptischen Totenreich

Name: Uschebti, Arbeiter im Agyptischen Totenreich
Author: Schlogl, Hermann A. and Meves-Schlogl, Christa 
First published: 1993, Harrassowitz 
Amount of pages: 77 
ISBN: 3447033576
Average price: around EUR 50 – EUR 75 
Availability: Good 
Language: German Content: Privately owned shabtis.

Review:

This third book on ushabtis by Hermann Schlogl, this time together with Christa Meves-Schlogl, follows Schlogls first masterpiece: “Ägyptische Totenfiguren aus öffentlichen und privaten Sammlungen der Schweiz” from 1990. 

Unfortunately, the amount of shabtis covered this time is limited, only 24 shabtis. On the other hand, the shabtis that are in the book are well pictured (B&W) from all sides and carefully described as always by Mr. Schlogl. Furthermore, it is a nice selection covering all periods of shabtis which makes it a nice contribution to hardcore shabtis collectors’ book collection. 

The book is still easy available on the book market, unlike the other books of Mr. Schlogl. 

Conclusion

Worthwile for serious shabti collectors and due to its availability, reasonable price and providing a good overview even recommendable for general interested.

Die agyptischen Totenfiguren

Name: Die agyptischen Totenfiguren, Katalog aus den sammlungen des national Museums in Poznan
Author: Schlogl, Hermann Alexander
First published: 2006, Muzeum Narodowe w Poznaniu
Amount of pages: 80
ISBN: 83-89053-37-3 and 978-83-89053-37-4
Average price: EUR 50 – EUR 80
Availability: Good
Language: Polish / GermanContent: Catalogue of shabtis in the Poznan museum in Poland

Review:

The recent Schlogl features a colour cover and some colour pictures of shabtis inside the book. Unfortunately, the shabtis featured in this museum and thus in the book are not very pretty nor very rare.
Also, the diversity of the shabtis in the book is limited. The main part of the book describes Late Period shabtis.

As always, the shabtis are well described, pictured at least front and back, usually also from the sides.

Conclusion

This book is only recommendable to the serious shabticollector / museum that wants to have it all.

Ouchebtis de deir el-medineh

Name: Ouchebtis de deir el-medineh
Author: Dominique Valbelle 
First published: 1972, Publications de l’institute francais d’archeologie orientale 
Amount of pages: 84 plus 31 plates 
ISBN: NA 
Average price: EUR 200- EUR 350 
Availability: Extremely rare 
Language: French Content: Overview of shabtis found in deir el-medina

Review:

It took me a long time and only after the help of a friend to obtain a copy of this ultra rare book on shabtis from deir el-medina. It was probably printed in a limited amount of copies that this book is so rare.

The content is a gathering from shabtis from various museums, mainly Cairo and the Louvre and is the only decent study of shabtis from this area. After the introduction which is well documented, we get a description (hieroglyphs, size and general remarks) of some 185 shabtis, which are followed by plates with pictures from these shabtis. The description also contains information on the amount of shabtis found for each owner, so its more than just a description of one shabti for each owner, comparable to Newberry’s Shabtis. 

Most of the shabtis are pottery TIP shabtis for the ordinary man, so one should not expect nice New Kingdom or, of course, Late Period shabtis that often originate from Sacquarra. 

Conclusion

A nice study and overview of the type, if you can find the book! Only interesting for the hardcore shabticollector. If you are one, the book is a must.

Chaouabtis Des travailleurs pharaoniques pour l’eternite

Name: Chaouabtis. Des travailleurs pharaoniques pour l’eternite
Author: Bovot, Jean-Luc 
First published: 2003, Editions de la Reunion des musees nationeuax 
Amount of pages: 101 
ISBN: 2-7118-4607-5 
Average price: EUR 30-40 
Availability: Good
Language: FrenchContent: Catalouge of the 2003 shabti exhibition at the Louvre

Review:

This small booklet is a catalouge of the 2003 exhibition at the Louvre. However, apart from an overview in writing of the pieces of the exhibition, the booklet is more an overview of the various topics of shabtis, such as material, develpment in time and so on.

In that sense this booklet is complementary to the booklet of H.M. Steward’s Shabtis, which can be a very first introduction to the topic.

Since the other book of Bovot, Les Serviteurs Funeraires royeaux et princiers de l’ancienne Egypte, deals extensively about the royal pieces in the Louvre, this booklet adds little extra in that respect. On the other hand, some non royal pieces at the louvre are well pictured in this booklet as well. 

Conclusion

A more general book than the other book of the Louvre shabtis by Bovot. Therefore, less interesting for the shabti specialists and more fore the general public. In view of the limited price and the well written general comments i can still recommend this booklet.

Les serviteurs funeraires royaux et princiers de l’Ancienne Egypte

 

Name: Les serviteurs funeraires royaux et princiers de l’Ancienne Egypte
Author: Bovot, Jean-Luc 
First published: 2003, Editions de la Reunion des musees nationeuax 
Amount of pages: 451 
ISBN: 2-7118-4564-8
Average price: EUR 110-EUR 125 
Availability: Good
Language: FrenchContent: Description of the royal shabtis of the Louvre museum in Paris, France.

Review:

The Louvre has over 4,200 shabtis in its collection, making it one of the biggest collections in the world. This excellent book is the first step to publication of the pieces by publishing first the royal pieces of the collection. To expand the scope a bit Mr. Bovot included the royal family members. 

I like the systematical way Mr. Bovot describes the shabtis. All relevant information is there about the shabtis and, what i highly appreciate, the shabtis are shown at real size and from all four angels. Unfortunately not all in colour, but there is a colour section in the front that covers some of the important pieces in colour.

The book is not cheap which could be a set-back for starting collectors. Also they will not likely find parallels for their own shabtis in this book (unless they are really lucky). Nevertheless, i do recommend the book because it also gives a very broad overview of the Louvre shabtis of prince Khaemwaset of which so many fake shabtis turned up in the 1990’s (i refer to the articles of Peter Clayton). Here you find many specimens of how they should look like (as for starters). Furthermore, the general information provided in the book is helpfull for starters as well (if they can read French that is). 

Conclusion
An excellent book with royal shabtis all well described and photographed. Since it covers only royal pieces it will be less interesting for some of the starting collectors, hence “only” 4 shabtis, but it comes close to the maximum of 5. A must have for the experienced collector, dealer and museum.