Egyptian Steatite Scarab

An ancient Egyptian steatite scarab, inscribed on the base with crocodiles and uraei flanking a papyrus plant.

Middle Kingdom - Second Intermediate Period.
Ca. 2050 - 1567 BC.
Length: 18 mm.

The ancient Egyptians believed the Scarabeus Beetle was able to spontaneously regenerate itself from cow dung, which these beetles can be observed rolling into small balls and burying. Consequently the scarab came to symbolize a spontaneous continuation of the life cycle. These finely carved amulets were worn in life and in necklaces around the mummy. Often the bases were inscribed with symbols or “words of power,” intended to magically invigorate the wearer.

Formerly in the collection of Friar John Mothersole (1925-2021), acquired in Israel between 1986 - 1988.
Inv#: 8581
Guaranteed Authentic

$750

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