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Title: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Darytessekhmet on August 13, 2009, 03:08:02 am
Hotep all,

I was just wondering what makes Artisan's Guild statues so special?  Who are the Artisan's Guild? What company supplies the statues? It has been pretty much impossible for me to find one of Sekhmet.

Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: NiankhSekhmet on August 13, 2009, 05:32:08 am
Em hotep Sis:

The reason why Artisan's Guild is so special is that they are the very same statues that the Temple uses at the State Shrine - and the fact that 1) they are ritually acceptable, ie. there are no plastics, etc. and  such being cast of marble resin and hand painted. 2) They are "museum quality" which meant that every single one of them is hand painted and had to pass pretty intense quality assurance to be sold. I remmber wanting to buy one of the kneeling Aset statues for someone and was told directly by the gentleman who owned the company, that he could not in good conscience sell it to me because it was "not up to standards." I spent a good amount of time pleading with him and he insisted. Later that week he called me with one that was, in his mind, ok to sell to me.

I used to deal directly with Artisan's Guild International (AGI)and had an account with them and I could get them for House members at a very substantially reduced price. About eight years ago, AGI decided to cease production because at the time the very inexpensive Chinese statues were coming in at maybe a third or even a fourth of the price. He was quite literally driven out of business.  

The owner and I talked about the possibility of finding a buyer for the molds and he would have sold the whole thing for $50K  What a great business that would have been for someone here in the House! But unfortunately, I couldnt find anyone who could front that type of cash for such a project or more importantly someone who had the ambition or space requirements to make it a go. I talked to Henku at Retreat and apparently the owner of AGI did find a buyer for the molds and someone else has them now. Perhaps AGI statues will make a comeback under another name. One can only hope.

My best suggestion for you or anyone else who is wanting an Artisan's Guild Statue is to scour eBay. Don't just check it occassionally - put yourself on automatic email notify or check every day or every few days or once every week.  When you find one and if it is in a decent price range, snap it up. Or post a link here on the boards for others. I have seen the Sekhmet on there from time to time but you have got to check constantly because everyone else who is interested in them knows what they are, too, and are doing the same thing. In other words, if you see a Sekhmet on eBay, do not hesitate. BUY IT! Someone else is bound to! I sold more Sekhmet and Yinepu than any of the other Names. And our Mother is BIG on purity and She likes these.

Sorry I couldn't be more help or could get one for you. I used to do a very good business in those statues. :(

Senebty!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Darytessekhmet on August 13, 2009, 07:37:51 am
Thank you so much for the very informative answer.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Mezaenaset on August 13, 2009, 09:14:28 am
Em hotep, Daryt!

I have several Artisan's Guild statues and I can tell you that they are something special.  I treasure mine... during earthquakes I tend to run to my Aset statue to make sure she doesn't fall (I know, it's stupid but I do it anyways).

Isis Books and Gifts seems to have a couple of these statues left- full price, unfortunately.

http://store.isisbooks.com/BAST_STATUE_p/e232.htm

http://store.isisbooks.com/HORUS_STATUE_p/e234.htm

Senebty,

~Meza~
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Khesretitui on August 13, 2009, 10:57:05 am
Little Egypt also has a few left, and they do ship and do mail order. Their website is here (http://www.littleegypt.com), but do not trust what's in inventory. Most of the AGI statues are gone, but they do have lots and lots of other things.

I was at their main shop in Dallas on business a week or two ago, and this is what they still had among the AGIs that I remember:

Khnum
Djehuty
Nehebka
Sobek

They may or may not have had anybody else. I thought I remembered a Sekhmet or maybe a Wesir, but I cannot say it with any certainty.

I got the last Set, and He cost me $200. Supply and demand.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Sekhmetbitu on August 13, 2009, 11:12:18 am
Man, now I feel bad about all my cheap Chinese resin Images. Though the only Sekhmet I liked, the one in my shrine, is not one of them, it's unpainted cast basalt IIRC. Perhaps that's a reason Mom likes it so much.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 11:16:35 am
I'm dying to find a Artisan's Guild Statue for Wesir, he so rare I don't even know what the statue looks like. :(
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 11:22:59 am
Could this be the Artisan's Guild Statue of Wesir by some chance?

http://tinyurl.com/ojwqk4
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Raheri on August 13, 2009, 11:24:38 am
Quote from: TaysatWesir
Could this be the Artisan's Guild Statue of Wesir by some chance?

http://tinyurl.com/ojwqk4

No, unfortunately that is not it Taysat. I haven't seen one in years.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: NiankhSekhmet on August 13, 2009, 11:32:13 am
Em hotep Bitu:

Quote from: Sekhmetbitu
Man, now I feel bad about all my cheap Chinese resin Images. Though the only Sekhmet I liked, the one in my shrine, is not one of them, it's unpainted cast basalt IIRC. Perhaps that's a reason Mom likes it so much.


Please don't feel bad. I have a few of those images myself, and I am personally very glad to have given Wenem, and Imakhu Mekti my business. I am all in favour of supporting our people and I do.  I still think the Celestial Cow that Wenem had was so totally awesome. (Wenem,  can you still get those?!)

Anyway...Wenem told me also at Retreat, that the pewter ones, plated with a gold finish are also being discontinued. So if you find those, please consider talking to either Wenem or Mekti and seeing what they have in stock of those. I am just mentioning this. They best know what they have in stock.

From my own experience, most of the time, if someone is given a choice between getting something that is higher quality and a higher price, vs. getting something that might be a little less expensive, people will go with the item that is least cost. This is especially true when the item is not something that falls under food, clothing, shelter or necessities.  When I say that, it isn't a judgement call of any kind, nor am I saying one thing is better than another. That is just the reality of the marketplace. AGI was hit with that reality.

An aside: I have somewhere in my office here, a disk that has pictures of ALL of the statues that AGI made and/or an old catalogue from them that I can scan for folks to take a look at.

Senebty!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Mezaenaset on August 13, 2009, 11:44:00 am
Quote from: TaysatWesir
I'm dying to find a Artisan's Guild Statue for Wesir, he so rare I don't even know what the statue looks like. :(


Em hotep, Taysat!

This isn't a good close-up pic but you can still see my Artisan's Guild Wesir statue.

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd241/keithlance/WesirAltarDay1.jpg

Senebty,

~Meza~
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 11:48:48 am
Thanks Meza. :)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Basheta on August 13, 2009, 11:59:20 am
How do you set ebay to look for them? I don't have a single statue at this point in time. I have been wanting a few, of Mom and Dad of course. This sounds like something I would love to have.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Seshagemseger on August 13, 2009, 12:01:50 pm
Quote from: NiankhSekhmet
Anyway...Wenem told me also at Retreat, that the pewter ones, plated with a gold finish are also being discontinued.


Sigh.  I like those.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 12:36:42 pm
Quote from: Basheta
How do you set ebay to look for them? I don't have a single statue at this point in time. I have been wanting a few, of Mom and Dad of course. This sounds like something I would love to have.


The same thing happened to me when I searched on Ebay. I'm guessing "museum quality" Egyptian statues.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Mezaenaset on August 13, 2009, 12:41:22 pm
Another pic of AG Wesir statue (and Aset!).

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd241/keithlance/AsetandWesir.jpg
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 01:03:56 pm
TA DA! Now some loan me $129.99 dollars. :)

http://www.mama.org/catalog/statues.html
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 01:08:46 pm
Looks like Little Egypt has it for more money.

http://www.littleegypt.com/osirisstatue.html
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Inibmutes on August 13, 2009, 01:11:32 pm
Very beautiful shrine, Meza :)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Darytessekhmet on August 13, 2009, 07:05:23 pm
Ok, so little egypt is down by one Sekhmet statue, I think She was the last one.  There is only one Nehebka left on ebay.   That price is a great deal.

You might have to check with MAMA to see if they have any stautes.  I know they didn't have Sekhmet.

Niankh, it would be great if we could see you AGI pics so we know what to look for.

Meza, your shine is beautiful!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Taysatwesir on August 13, 2009, 08:35:14 pm
I love their Heru statue and feel the Set statue saying Why Hello There, Why Don't You Buy Me.

http://www.littleegypt.com/
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Darytessekhmet on August 13, 2009, 09:39:44 pm
Taysat, I can hear it too! :)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: NiankhSekhmet on August 13, 2009, 10:46:42 pm
Quote from: DarytesSekhmet
Niankh, it would be great if we could see you AGI pics so we know what to look for.


Good news: I found my catalogue!

Bad news is that I am going to have to get offline for the evening but will scan and upload the images tomorrow.

Senebty!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Bekamuti on May 24, 2010, 04:46:37 pm
Em hotep!
I didn't thought it necessary to start a new thread for one quick question.

I just won a Yinepu statue on Ebay and I'm quite positive it's AGI. The only thing that's bothering me is that, in the description it says: ARTIST's Guild instead of Artisan's. I'm hoping it's a mistake the seller made.

  Here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220608570019&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:1123)  it is.

I hope somebody can help me out :).

Senebty.

Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Bestekeni on May 24, 2010, 05:29:48 pm
Can't tell just by looking at one internet picture of it.  Gotta wait until it gets there and look at the bottom.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Tasedjebbast on May 24, 2010, 05:43:02 pm
I agree with Tek, but if it is AGI, you got a deal.  And if it isn't, you still have a pretty nice statue.  :)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Raheri on May 24, 2010, 05:55:31 pm
Looks just like my Artisan's Guild Yinepu. Looks like you got a deal.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Menekh on May 24, 2010, 07:01:08 pm
looks just like my AGI Yinepu!  Congrats!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Mezaenaset on May 24, 2010, 07:44:26 pm
What a deal!  Nekhtet!!!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Bekamuti on May 25, 2010, 04:05:13 am
I hope it is, I'll let y'all know when it arrives :).
Too bad AGI's Nebt-het isn't easy to find. I wonder if littleegypt still got that one in stock.

Senebty!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Mezaenaset on May 25, 2010, 09:34:58 am
Quote from: Bekamuti
Too bad AGI's Nebt-het isn't easy to find. I wonder if littleegypt still got that one in stock.
 


It's hard to know with Little Egypt since they never update their website.  You'd have to call or email Dee Dee to find out.  A couple of years ago I was very lucky to get several of the AGI's that I wanted from them.

Another place that has AGI's is  Gold Pyramid (http://www.goldpyramid.com/Departments/Reproductions-and-More/Gold-Statues.aspx).  I don't see a Nebet-Het but I recently got a AGI Sobek statue from them.

I'm still on the look out for Amun-Ra and the Aset with the Horned Disk... and of course the very rare Mut statue to complete my collection.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Taysatwesir on May 25, 2010, 08:00:41 pm
That's a great deal, just wish they had Wesir. :(
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Darytessekhmet on July 09, 2010, 01:30:16 am
Hi all!

There are many AGI statues on ebay right now.  They are a bit expensive though.

http://shop.ebay.com/noona23ali/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Satsenu on July 09, 2010, 08:25:32 am
Oooooh! Too bad they are so expensive... I really love some of their pieces.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: NiankhSekhmet on July 09, 2010, 04:28:15 pm
*blink* That is nearly quadruple what I sold them to people in the House for when AGI was in business!

Holy Moly!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Darytessekhmet on July 10, 2010, 09:07:26 am
I suppose some will be willing to pay that much.  Remember the one of Wesir that went for like $500 on ebay not so long ago? *sigh*  Too much for one statue for me.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Mezaenaset on July 10, 2010, 12:02:02 pm
Having acquired a good number of my AGI statues at wholesale, $300 does seems outrageous.  However, if the AGI Mut statue was being offered, I would probably go for it.  I think that I have a fat chance of ever finding that statue but I keep looking!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: NiankhSekhmet on July 11, 2010, 01:48:52 pm
The Mut statue is the only one where I would almost say, "Money is no object!"

Mut was nearly the last statue of that line to be developed, She was also the most beautiful and one of the hardest ones to get.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Tasedjebbast on July 11, 2010, 03:13:27 pm
Yeah, you guys would have to fight me on the Mut statue too.  
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Darytessekhmet on July 11, 2010, 06:05:53 pm
Looking for her too!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Shezatwepwawet on July 11, 2010, 07:57:57 pm
Quote from: Mezaenaset

Gold Pyramid (http://www.goldpyramid.com/Departments/Reproductions-and-More/Gold-Statues.aspx)


Guh! They have Heru-Wer! And a Four Ladies style Nebt-het! Too bad my wallet is mostly full of cobwebs lately.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Khesretitui on July 11, 2010, 08:39:39 pm
Little Egypt emailed me today and let me know they have a "Museum" statue of Set that is $299 plus $20 shipping. At that price it may be an AGI. It's best to contact them and see, though.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Bekamuti on July 26, 2010, 03:36:08 pm
Quote from: Bekamuti
Em hotep!
I didn't thought it necessary to start a new thread for one quick question.

I just won a Yinepu statue on Ebay and I'm quite positive it's AGI. The only thing that's bothering me is that, in the description it says: ARTIST's Guild instead of Artisan's. I'm hoping it's a mistake the seller made.

  Here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220608570019&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:1123)  it is.

I hope somebody can help me out :).

Senebty.

 


Oh I totally forgot about this. I would let you guys know whether it was AGI or not. It came in aaaaages ago and it's AGI alright :).
Too bad one of the ears of the Was sceptre broke off D:.

Senebty.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: PatS on April 11, 2011, 05:54:32 pm
I see this thread is very old, but I am hoping to get some information on this statue/figurine I have, what is the name of this figure, it is unmarked, could it be possibly be Artisans Guild? It is excellent quality. Thank you!

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/wildrose/egypt_003.jpg
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: Menekh on April 12, 2011, 08:10:08 pm
Em Hotep PatS.

I'm pretty sure that is not an artisans guild statue - although it is very attractive!

  Here (http://www.littleegypt.com/anubisstatues.html) is a webpage that has photos of the artisans guild international reproductions of Yinepu/Anubis statues for reference.  That particular store does not update their webpages, so, unfortunately, many of those statues are sold out.  It would be worth calling though if you are interested as they may have some other great things in stock.

Senebty,

Menekh
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild Yinepu
Post by: PatS on April 13, 2011, 04:16:37 pm
Thanks for the link, will check it out!!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Rayashi on February 17, 2012, 07:01:51 pm
I just realized my boss has an Artisan's Guild Yinepu in our lunch room. I am going to try to buy it off of him. Lolol. Wish me luck, he does not know anything about Egyptian history. He also has ankh on a stand.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: TabauAmunet on February 17, 2012, 07:48:34 pm
I wish the forums had a 'like' button lol. Go for it!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Bastmuttepta on February 17, 2012, 07:48:50 pm
Quote from: Steph
I just realized my boss has an Artisan's Guild Yinepu in our lunch room. I am going to try to buy it off of him. Lolol. Wish me luck, he does not know anything about Egyptian history. He also has ankh on a stand.


Good luck!!! Most people who just buy one on a whim don't know how much they're really worth, so here's hoping you do get lucky :)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Tasedjebbast on February 18, 2012, 05:05:43 pm
I was googling around looking for a Mut (which I still have yet to find), but I did find an Aset for $100, Canadian.  

http://auctions.canadaspace.com/detail_product/200686189801/AGI_Egyptian_Statue_of_ISIS_
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Tanebet on February 23, 2012, 02:01:26 pm
 Another AGI statue (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Egyptian-God-Horus-Artisans-Guild-Statue-/230650451640?_trksid=p5197.m185&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC.NPJS%26itu%3DI%252BUA%26otn%3D12%26pmod%3D220955600744%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D6538196756545450015)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Shezatwepwawet on February 23, 2012, 04:35:44 pm
Is that really an AGI? I've seen their Heru-wer and covet it, but it certainly does not look like that.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Menekh on February 23, 2012, 05:08:04 pm
Hotep Zat.

Yes, that is the one the House uses for Ra. I've got one as well and He is AGI.  Love Him!
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Shezatwepwawet on February 24, 2012, 10:50:01 am
oh cool! I don't I've ever really noticed the Ra statue, but I am actually not much of a Ra person so that is not surprising.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Rayashi on February 24, 2012, 06:50:28 pm
I just got my AGI Ra today in the mail! (I cried I was so excited) Lol.
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Bastmuttepta on February 24, 2012, 06:59:21 pm
He's absolutely gorgeous Steph, congratulations :)
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: izabellsa on February 27, 2012, 10:09:05 pm
I am looking for a statue of Nepthys which I have come to find is very hard to locate with out Aset! Help any one have any wonderful ideas?
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Rayashi on February 29, 2012, 07:41:23 pm
I am on the constant lookout so if I find one I will send it your way. Are you looking for an AGI Nebt-Het or is any composition acceptable?
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Meket on March 01, 2012, 12:25:57 pm
Quote from: Rayashi
I just got my AGI Ra today in the mail! (I cried I was so excited) Lol.  


yay for you!  i cried when i got my scorpion statue in the mail too, so you're not alone on the "so excited we burst into tears" front.  :D

also, grats on your new name!  :D
Title: Re: Artisan's Guild
Post by: Tpenney on June 25, 2019, 08:43:55 pm
I was interested in your note about AGI of 10 years ago.  Please see my recent AGI find of what I believe is Ma’at. Thank you in advance on anything you can share with me about AGI and my piece in particular. I’ve posted a picture today June 25 under cool Egypt art