Egyptian Turquoise Faience Scarab Swivel Ring

$621.98

An ancient Egyptian gold swivel ring set with a turquoise faience scarab. The obverse of the scarab features a finely rendered clypeus and head with humeral callosities present. The elytra are marked with vertical striations. Feathered legs can be viewed from the sides. The reverse features incised markings outlining the stylised anatomy of a beetle, with a thread loop, which has been used to mount onto a modern gold ring. The modern gold band features a large D-shaped hoop, ending with two loops. A thin suspension wire has been attached to each loop, passing through the faience thread loop of the scarab.

Closest UK ring size: K1/2

Date: Circa 664 BC - 30 BC
Period: Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: The property of a deceased female collector, UK, bought from the 1930’s-70s.
Condition: Very fine condition. The scarab has a small chip at the head and another on the thread loop. The gold ring is modern.

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The ancient Egyptian scarab is linked to the mythological death and rebirth of the sun god. The hieroglyphic sign represented by the dung beetle 𓆣 forms the ancient Egyptian verb “ḫpr” (Kheper) meaning “to come into being,”. The same sign also represents the deified morning sun -Khepri, who was thought to be reborn every morning in the form of the scarab beetle, bringing light and life to the land. They were made in various typology such as heart scarabs, commemorative scarabs, and scarab  amulets catering to different functions. Scarab amulets were believed to have magical rejuvenating properties, used by both the living and the dead.

Scarabs could be carved from relatively expensive stones, such as  amethyst, jasper, carnelian, and lapis lazuli but also from cheaper materials, such as steatite, faience and glass.  Scarab amulets had an enduring appeal – adopted by many other cultures as good luck charms, including the Greeks, Romans and the Phoenicians.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings. 

Weight 7.70 g
Dimensions L 3.6 x W 3 cm
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Faience

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Region

Reference: For a similar scarab, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, item M14176.1

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