A restored Egyptian faience uninscribed ushabti, c. 380-32 B.C.

A restored Egyptian faience uninscribed ushabti, c. 380-32 B.C.

Code: 2848


Description: A restored mid-blue glossy faience uninscribed ushabti, slender moulded mummiform figure wearing tripartite wig and beard, arms crossed on chest with hands indicated, holding agricultural tools, and with back pillar. The lower part missing from below the knees and the lower figure restored. The glaze worn on the highlights and back pillar of the upper part with some restoration to the back of the head.

Size: Restored ushabti measures 135 mm/5.3 ins. high (the original ancient upper part is 67 mm/2.6 ins. high)

Culture: Egyptian

Date: 30th Dynasty to Ptolemaic Period, c. 380-32 B.C.

Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and acquired at Christie’s Antiquities Sale 7376, 25 April, 2007, as part of Lot 42, and previously in a London private collection.

Background: Julian Bird was a passionate collector of Egyptian antiquities, who built up a fine and extensive collection from the 1970s onwards. He sourced his items mainly from the UK market, from specialist dealers, fairs, markets and auctioneers. He was a model collector, carefully documenting his collection, and his notes on this particular item will be supplied to the buyer.