Corpus der Agyptischen Totenfiguren der Offentlichen Sammlungen Krakaus

Name: Corpus der Agyptischen Totenfiguren der Offentlichen Sammlungen 
Author: Schlogl, Hermann A. 
First published: 2000, Freiburg University 
Amount of pages: 293 
ISBN: 83-7188-275-0  
Average price: around EUR 75- EUR 150
Availability: Rare
Language: German Content: Shabtis in museums in Krakow, Poland


This is the fourth book on ushabtis by Hermann Schlogl, a passionate ushabti researcher that this time exclusively deals with shabtis in the museums in Krakow, Poland.

With nearly 300 pages the large book is heavy and contains a lot of info. I like the fact that front and back are photocopied in high quality and that the glyphs and transliterations are provided.

Furthermore, it is obvious that the author is an expert on the subject, which make his interesting comments to each shabti worthwile. 

Another attractive point of the book is that it deals with all the shabtis in the museum, thus also with the less attractive, uninscribed etc. shabtis making good references for the objects most frequently found on the antiquities market. 

The German language can make it more difficult for some collectors, but even if you do not read the language the book remains interesting due to its great pictures and transliterations of the glyphs. 


A great book for every shabti collector!

Agyptischen Totenfiguren aus offentlichen und privaten sammlungen der Schweiz

Name: Agyptischen Totenfiguren aus offentlichen und privaten sammlungen der Schweiz
Author: Schlogl, Hermann A. and Brodbeck, Andreas 
First published: 1990, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Gottingen 
Amount of pages: 354 
ISBN: 3-525-53657-7
Average price: around EUR 100 – EUR 250 
Availability: Rare 
Language: German Content: Public and Privately owned shabtis in Switzerland


This first book on ushabtis by Hermann Schlogl, written together with Adreas Brodbeck is his best book on ushabtis. Over 250 shabtis are described and photographed from all sides together with translation and glyphs hand made accompanying each shabti as well as the parallel information which Schlogl does as always.. 

Since it also covers private collections it also contains objects which legally were found and exported in the 1950’s till 1970’s so that it describes many of the shabtis found on the art market that are rarer in musea, such as the Pa-Khaas shabtis and the LP general Hor-Khebi.

Also, it contains a great number of shabtis from the second cachette at Deir el Bahri. 


A very welcome book to any collectors and museums library, if you can find it!

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.


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. 


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


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.


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 
Average price: EUR 200- EUR 350 
Availability: Extremely rare 
Language: French Content: Overview of shabtis found in deir el-medina


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. 


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.