View from the entrance of the Royal Cache DB320 into the wadi. Photo: VB

Shabtis as a specialisation

I am Dik van Bommel from the Netherlands. My daily work is in IT I and I have no commercial interests in the world of Egyptology. What you find here has been gathered from various sources and supplemented with my own non-scholarly research.

My acquaintance with (u)shabtis started in 2002 and has grown into a hobby I enjoy every day. Since it is impossible for me to learn and understand everything that went on in the fascinating Ancient Egypt, I have specialised in the world of these intriguing statuettes.

This focus on shabtis has brought me into contact with inspiring people who have taken Pharaonic Egypt to heart. Some of them have become dear friends of mine and they certainly help me keep my hobby instructive, captivating and exciting.

I have had the honour to collaborate on an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) in Leiden, the Netherlands, about the famous priest cachette at Thebes, Bab el Gasus, Cache II in 2013, and on an exhibition in Monferrato, Italy in 2015.

All information, including all photos marked ‘Photo: VB’, is free for non-commercial use. Please bear in mind that I do not know whether it is allowed to publish all the other photos, so if you want to publish some of these materials, you will need to consult with the photographer or owner in question.

Dating of dynasties and governments on this site is based on the time table by Jacques F. Aubert and Liliane Aubert as published in Statuettes funéraires égyptiennes du département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques 2005 pg 180-183. The Egyptological community has not reached a consensus about the dates to be used, so other tables may differ.


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Musicians in Nakht’s tomb TT52. Photo: VB