What to Look for in Egyptian Collectables

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What to Look for in Egyptian Collectables

Egypt is a country with a rich history that pre-dates that of many other cultures. The country experienced centuries of vast amounts of wealth, and many valuable artefacts still exist today. The challenge is finding Egyptian artefacts that are genuine and not reproductions. Most collectors do not want factory produced replicas made from imitation materials, but authentic Egyptian collectables that date back as far as 1000 BC are extremely rare, extremely valuable, and extremely hard to find.


Genuine Antiques

Whether it is a small statue of Anubis or an antique scarab, Egyptian antiquities are valuable and appealing. However, finding these treasures is not easy, and reproductions tend to flood the market. When shopping for statues or other items, do not put much value in certificates of authentication because anyone can sign the document. If everything about the artefact seems genuine, consider contacting an expert for an opinion rather than trusting a certificate. If a seller has several identical items, the item is almost definitely a replica. The chances are not good that one person obtained several identical items from the same era. Keep in mind that very few sellers would offer a genuine item that is 1,000 years old at a bargain basement price.


Genuine Materials

Whether you are shopping for simple souvenirs or real antiques, look for items made out of genuine materials. For example, papyrus paintings are very popular among tourists and collectors. Papyrus parchment was one of the first types of paper, and it contributed heavily to the development of the culture. The plant grew along the Nile River and was readily available. They also used it to make baskets, boats, and rope. When modern paper evolved, papyrus parchment almost disappeared, but historians revived its use in 1969. Genuine papyrus is heavy and mostly opaque. It does not tear easily, and it tends to maintain its original shape, even after rolling. It also has a bit of a texture to it and looks somewhat shiny on the surface. The colour should have a textured appearance, as well.


Genuine Handcrafted Items

One of the most appealing aspects of genuine Egyptian collectables is the handcrafted origin. Companies often sell beautiful souvenirs made by machines, but those items do not hold appeal for true collectors. To spot originals, look closely at the artwork to find imperfections such as ink blots, printing mistakes, bleeding colours, varying degrees of paint thickness, and other issues. In this case, imperfections are a good thing.

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