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The following ritual items were formally owned and used by author Andrew Collins. Whereas a full description and one picture is given, additional detailed images are available on request to interested parties. Any available history and provenance of each item as imparted by Andrew is given, along with probable dates of manufacture as determined by Andrew and myself. As many of these items form part of the folk magic tradition, dating is understandably difficult and therefore dates given may not be regarded as definitive.

Please note: Another reminder that standard postage in most cases only carries a maximum compensation for damage or loss of £20. I always obtain proof of posting, but as these items are irreplaceable, if you wish your order to be sent fully insured, please state when ordering for additional costs. In the rare event of loss at the hands of Royal Mail, I can only refund the full purchase price if the item was sent fully insured.

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AT8. Bronze Skull: Three quarter life-size cast of a human skull without lower jaw, cast in solid bronze. Approx. 8” (20cm) by 6” (15cm) by 4” (10cm). Bought by Andrew in the mid-1980s from a local antique dealer who informed him that the piece was one of five examples cast, and presented as a prize in an art and design competition. The item was extensively used by Andrew as part of a Templar style altar during the saga recounted in Twenty-First Century Grail.  Some minor surface abrasion, but overall in very good condition. A very rare item. Note: Very heavy! £950

 

 

AT10. Pan Statue: Hollow copper or copper alloy figure of ithyphallic Pan, possibly formed over a resin base, standing on marble plinth. Standing erect, in every sense of the word, and playing a two-horned pipe. 12” (30cm) high including ¾” (20cm) white marble base. Probably mid 1970s in date, acquired by Andrew in the early 1980s and used as an altar piece. Tiny piece chipped from top of one of the horns, but otherwise in excellent condition £35

 

 

AT11. Set Statue: Black resin statue of the Egyptian god Set, standing with metal staff of office and holding an ankh. Base decorated with various hieroglyphs. Overall height including base 13” (33cm). Bought by Andrew in 2008 in Egypt and used as an altar piece. A couple of minor marks, but overall in excellent condition. A nice quality piece, better than your average tourist tat and uncommon as such £40

 

 

AT18. Necklace with protective amulets, restrung on cat gut, which appears early 20th century, and consisting of a centre piece featuring a head of Bes in blue faience, flanked by two small figures of the goddess Taweret also in faience, all about one inch tall. The remainder of the necklace consists of an assortment of 28 beads of varying sizes in blue glass, turquoise, carnelian, and other materials. Some are plain, some feature painted banding, and some have incised designs, all being between a quarter and three quarters of an inch in size. All components probably New Kingdom, and thus. c. 1575-1087 BCE in date, although some of the beads may be earlier. Most likely used as a protective amulet for a child, hence the Bes and Taweret figures, as these are associated with children. Purchased by Andrew Collins from Castle Antiques of Leigh-on-Sea in the mid-1980s, who originally bought the piece at a London auction. Some light wear consistent with age, tiny chip to the base of one of the goddess figures, but overall in very good condition. A scarce and practical object £375 

 

AT19. Duamutef: Dummy canopic jar (i.e. not fully hollowed out and therefore not used to house entrails), featuring the head of Duamutef- one of the four sons of Horus. Approx 33.5 cm in overall height, 12 cm in width at  top of jar without head, width of base, 7.5 cm. Some signs of wear, nose badly chipped (missing tip), ears slightly chipped, faint painted hieroglyphs down the front of the jar (almost invisible now). Probably late Dynastic period, around 600 to 300 BCE and carved from a soft limestone commonly used for canopic jars at that time. On the base is an old round label telling of its discovery in the nineteenth century in Thebes (Modern Luxor and its environs, including the Karnak Temples). Objects were often removed from graves by local people, and sold to westerners at this time. Purchased by Andrew Collins from Castle Antiques of Leigh-on-Sea in mid 1980s. A very rare piece, and due to the damage, a comparatively cheap example £1250