Book review: The Shabti Collections – 5

Name: The Shabti Collections – 5, A Selection from the Manchester Museum
Author: Glenn Janes
First published: 2012, Olicar House Publications
Amount of pages: 500
ISBN: 978-0-9566271-5-5
Average price: GBP 95
Availability: Good
Language: English

Content: Description of a selection of the shabtis in the Manchester Museum


Following the initial 4 volumes of relatively small UK collections, shabti scholar Glenn Janes was ready to take on the major task of cataloging the shabtis of the Manchester Museum.  The museum has one of the larger museum collection of shabtis in the world with some 1000 shabtis. Together with Dik van Bommel and his partner Ciska i had a small role in assisting the author with this catalogue on site at the Manchester Museum for measurements and photographs.

With the fantastic material of the Manchester Museum the author made a very recommendable book as it has everything a shabti enthousiast is looking for.

It contains over 500 pages describing 522 shabtis from all sorts and materials, excellent colour pictures and with side pictures this time around on some of the shabtis.

For the non specialists the preface contains  a scholary contribution with a brief historical outline of shabtis.

Another great part of the book is the back ground description on the find of the tomb of Priest Horudja from the Late Period. Manchester Museum possesses no less than 58 shabtis of this owner, making it interesting study material. The author reprinted parts of Petrie excavation notes and added further info on the owner, his tomb and other funerary equipment. Further research to the shabtis of this owner is certainly worthwile.


With this volume Glenn Janes rocked the shabti world. An amazing accomplishment and recommendable for everyone interested in Ancient Egypt and a must have for all shabti researchers.

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