Ancient Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Scarab Amulet


An Egyptian unpolished lapis lazuli 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 664 - 332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Ex Charles Ede Gallery, Mayfair, London.
Condition: Very fine.


SKU: AH-759 Category: Tags: ,

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.

Lapis lazuli was considered a semi-precious stone and not found locally to the Egyptians. Its status and value derived in part from the fact that it had to be imported, most likely from Afghanistan.

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

Weight 2 g
Dimensions L 1.4 x W 1.1 cm



Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: For similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 07.228.171