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.
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.
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