Shabtis, Privately Owned Egyptian Antiquities in Ontario


Name: Shabtis, privately owned egyptian antiquities in Ontario
Author: Joyce L. Haynes
First published: 1983, Benben Publications, Canada
Amount of pages: 39
ISBN: 0-920168-03-5
Average price: around EUR 30- EUR 50
Availability: Rare
Language: EnglishContent: Privately owned shabtis in Ontario Canada


This book(let) is clearly from the pre-computer age. The words are from the typing machines that used to drive everybody crazy (strangely so, not much RSI in that period).

Also the booklet is with loose pages, something which I clearly dislike. It’s not handy for looking things up. Taking into account the limited amount of shabtis in the book, 16, this book is almost the last resort if you want to look things up.

The photo’s are black & white, not uncommon for the period but a pity nevertheless, but do show the shabtis from all four sides.


Another book that is only of interest for the shabti collector / dealer / museum curator that wants to have everything about shabtis.

Catalogue General, Antiquites Egyptiennes du Musee de Cairo, Funerary Statuettes and Model Sarcophagi

Name: Catalogue General, Antiquites Egyptiennes du Musee de Cairo, Funerary Statuettes and Model sarcophagi 
Author: Percy E. Newberry 
First published: 1957 
Amount of pages: Vol. 1, approx. 360, Vol. 2, approx. 180, Vol. 3 approx. 55 
Average price: EUR 300 per volume 
Availability: Extremely rare 
Language: FrenchContent: Description of shabtis in the Cairo Museum


The Cairo museum has the best Egyptian collection in the world, hence the best collection of shabtis too. This three volume book of Newberry is therefore very important. The first two volumes provide for a description of all the shabtis with their catalogue number (at that time, unfortunately notcorresponding with the current numbers in the museum). The third volume is the best one cause it contains B&W plates of a (selection of) the shabtis in the first volumes and it contains the index, which is quite handy if you have the other volumes.

Unfortunately, this book is extremely rare. Especially volume 1, which I find quite strange, cause I would expect the third volume to be the most desired one. Perhaps more copies of the third volume were made. 


A must have for every shabti collector. Extremely rare unfortunately.

Statuettes Funeraires Egyptiennes, du departement des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques

Name: Statuettes Funeraires Egyptiennes, du departement des Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques 
Author: Aubert, Jacques F. and Aubert, Liliane
First published: 2005, Bibliotheque nationale de France
Amount of pages: 192
ISBN: 2-7177-2304-8
Average price: EUR 65
Availability: Good
Language: FrenchContent: Description of shabtis in Monnaies, France.


During her life, Mrs. Liliane Aubert dedicated a lot of time in researching the shabtis of the department of Monnaies, Medailles et Antiques. Unfortunately she was not able to finish the book herself, since she sadly passed away in 2004. Her husband Mr. Jacques Aubert finished the book.

The book contains some 80 plus shabtis well described an pictured, front, back and one side. Some beautifull colour pictures are also included, included elsewhere in the book. There is certainly a large amount of shabtis featured in this book that are of high quality and not published elsewhere. TIP lovers will be disappointed, only 3 shabtis from this period are described.

Finally, what I find helpful is the summary of the well known owners of shabtis of each period, as described in the masterbook of Aubert from 1974. Since that book is extremely rare, for the unfortunates this book is a great addition.


A nice shabtibook with great colour pictures. Also the format is quite handy, so easy to bring along. I like it and recommend it to shabti-interested persons as well as to serious general Egyptian interested.

Les statuettes funeraires de la Deuxieme Cachette a Deir el-Bahri

Name: Les statuettes funeraires de la Deuxieme Cachette a Deir el-Bahari
Author: Liliane Aubert
First published: 1998, Cybele
Amount of pages: 128
ISBN: 9-9512092-0-7
Average price: EUR 40
Availability: Good
Language: French

Content: Description of shabtis of Cache 2


This is another publication of the Aubert family. This publication is now specifically dealing with the shabtis of Cache 2 (also known as the Bab-el Gusus tomb), of which they already wrote in several of their previous publications (for example: 1981, Nouvelles observations sur les chaouabtis de Deir el Bahari et autres de la 21e dynasty, CdE 56, p. 15-30).

I like this book a lot since it is the only shabti book dealing exclusively with my favourite, Cache 2, shabtis (51 different shabtis).

The book contains good reference material. A translation of the glyphs is also provided (unfortunately not a transliteration in the description, although a transliteration of the titles is provided in an index at the end of the book).

The pictures are mainly in black & white and not of the highest quality, but the book cover is full colour as well as 18 shabtis pictured in full colour on plates within the book, which is great.


The book is not expensive and still available so highly recommended to specific Cache 2 shabti interested and still recommended to other shabti interested for its perfect specific information. Its not recommended for the average individual interested in ancient Egypt in general.

Statuettes Egyptiennes

Name: Statuettes Egyptiennes, chaouabtis, ouchebtis
Author: Aubert, J.F. and Aubert, Liliane
First published: 1974, Paris Librairie d’Amérique et d’Orient
Amount of pages: 300
ISBN: unknown
Average price: EUR 300 to EUR 500
Availability: Extremely rare
Language: French

Content: General description of shabtis.


This is the first major publication of the Aubert family and remains the best one. Unfortunately, the book is extremely rare to find. The books gives one of the first concessive general description of shabtis. Furthermore, it provides a good overview of the important shabtis known till that date (1974). 

The black & white photo section is nice and provides a good overview for dating of shabtis. 


Even though the book is in French, its very important to all shabti-interested. Highly recommendable and really a must have! Good hunting…..