Egyptian Artifacts for Sale

This collection was purchased in 1966 directly from the curator of the Museum in Alexandria, one of the oldest ancient cities in Egypt. Today, the city does not hold the validity of its rich historical past. Even the museum itself was in poor repair, and was one of the smallest in the country. The curator displayed about 11 items to choose from while David was visiting, since he had his own hired Egyptologist (PhD) with him, who examined all the items for authenticity reasons, prior to negotiations. These four pieces were selected, along with a collection of ancient gold coins. The gold coins were brought back to Canada, authenticated, and sold immediately.

In 2002 the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, held a major exhibit for Tutankhamen. These items were brought to the curator, who was an expert Egyptologist. It had been the intention of the Milgram Collection, to donate the oshabti to the ROM. David was warned about the extreme peril he would suffer, if the Egyptologist declared the statues as authentic. It became clear that a donation could not be done. These items are therefore offered as “unauthenticated” in a written format. All of these statues are from tombs, and date back to the Era of the New Kingdom.

The black granite statue was created to honour the God Siris, the God of the Second World. He stands about 20 cm (8 inches) in height. There is a story written on the front of the statue (picture 1). This statue is priced at $1,800.00 U.S.

The deep maroon granite statue is a “shawabbi” and represents the housemaid of the King in the second eternal life. He carries in his hands the symbols of a high official with is scepter and flail in hand. He stands 23 cm (about 9 inches). His hair is on only his right side, indicating that he was young, and not mature enough to have grown sufficient hair to be parted in the middle, which implies that he was very close to his King, which is depicted in pictures 3 and 4 (picture 2). This statue is priced at $1,800.00 U.S.

The statue in pictures 5 and 6, is made of alabaster, and represents two characters. The major character, which is the bulk of the statue is the God Thot, which is baboon shaped, symbolizing wisdom and is the “time controller” for ancient Egyptian culture. The smaller character on the bottom is the Falcon, which symbolizes the God Horus, the Godfather of Egyptian Kings, and the son of the God Osiris and Goddess Isis. He symbolizes dominance and authority. This statue stands 17 cm (6 ½ inches). This statue is priced at $7,200.00 U.S.

The prize statue is seen in pictures 3 and 4. This statue is also made of alabaster, but is creased and cracked, with a discolouration ranging from dark to light browns, and a few green hues. This “cracking” and discolouration was caused by ancient embalming practices. This doll was buried inside the actual coffin of a “Child King”, and the fluids used, combined with years of leaching from the body into the statue, caused this unnatural aging of the alabaster. Pharaoh Kings were embalmed with a “doll” in their hands, which was created, upon the death of a King, to represent his life, that he will carry to the next life upon death. There may be a number of statues in a pyramid, but, there is only one doll left in the actual coffin. The Egyptologist called this an “oshabti”, or “shawabti”. Because, he has a little coiled tuft of hair curled on the side of his head, his assessment was that it belonged to a Child King. This doll acts as the personal servant or housemaid for the King for eternal life after resurrection. His assessment is that it belongs to the Era of the New Kingdom. He stands 11 cm (4 ½ inches). Because of the age of this piece, and the fact that it was exposed to ancient Egyptian chemicals during the embalming process, it is quite fragile. About 1 cm of the bottom front of the statue has come lose. It is totally in tact, and has not been glued back onto the statue. However, the inside of the alabaster is slightly exposed and also reflects the same deterioration by the chemicals used in the New Era, that stained the white insides to different green hues. This statue is not priced. An experienced collector will look at this, and make an offer in the high 6 figure bracket. This item will not be shipped, but must be seen and purchased directly from the Milgram Collection in Toronto.

Please contact David Milgram at: info@davidmilgram.ca

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