Ancient Egyptian Steatite Scarab with Decorated Base

$155.49

A small Egyptian, steatite, scarab with an incised reverse. Attention has been paid to the moulded clypeus and head. The reverse features two apotropaic hieroglyphs, finely carved; a scarab resting beneath a sun discus. The incised scarab features linear markings across it’s body and furled wings. The scarab has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Please take note of the dimensions provided.

Date: Circa 7th - 5th Century BC
Period: 24th-26th Dynasty
Provenance: From a Private Dorset collection, 1980s-1990s.
Condition: Very fine condition and intact. The incised scarab is clear. Some cracks to the obverse.

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Scarabs are amongst the most popular and most numerous of all Ancient Egyptian artefacts and were especially employed in the funerary context. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the Scarabaeus Beetle had the ability to spontaneously regenerate itself from cow dung, which these beetles roll around, forming small balls they push forward, bury themselves and lay eggs in. Consequently, the scarab came to be associated with the spontaneous continuation of the life cycle. In addition, this movement resembled the journey the sun does everyday across the sky and therefore the Egyptian god Khepri, who represents the morning sun, became strongly associated with this insect.

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

Weight 0.47 g
Dimensions L 1.1 x W 0.7 x H 0.4 cm
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Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item EA63552

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