A finely crafted Egyptian scarab amulet made from bright red carnelian. A detailed head featuring legs bent inwards depicted on the sides of the amulet with an unadorned back. There is a vertically pierced hole through the centre of the scarab for suspension.
Date: Circa 1550 – 1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period. Condition: Excellent condition.
Scarab amulets were very popular throughout Egyptian culture; they were manufactured from a variety of different materials. The ancient Egyptians believed the Scarabeus Beetle was able to regenerate itself spontaneously from cow dung, which these beetles could be observed rolling into small balls and burying. Consequently, the scarab came to symbolise a spontaneous continuation of the life cycle. The Egyptians regarded the scarab as an embodiment of the creator god, who was accordingly self-engendered.
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