An Egyptian unpolished carnelian scarab with incised detailing to form a ridged carapace and naturalistic features. The underside has been left blank. The amulet has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.
Date: Circa 1550-1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Condition: Very fine.
The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular symbol in the art of Ancient Egypt, thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the dessert mirrored the journey of the sun across the sky from day to night. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, it became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. The use of carnelian as a material also linked to the sun god, Ra, as the stone’s fiery colour was connected to the solar cult.
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