Egyptian Amethyst Scarab Amulet


An Egyptian amethyst 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
Provenance: Ex AH collection of scarabs, London 1980-2000's.
Condition: Excellent Condition


SKU: SA-27 Category: Tag:

The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular symbol in the art of Ancient Egypt, thought to represent the sun god, Ra. 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 name “amethyst” comes from the Greek, ‘amethystos‘, meaning “not intoxicated” (‘ἀ- a-, “not” and μεθύσκω ‘methysko‘ / μεθύω ‘methyo’, “intoxicate”). The Egyptians seem to have held similar beliefs in the protective qualities of the beautiful stone. They believed the stone had talismanic properties against malign influences. The Egyptians would have sourced their amethyst from Nubia, which was a province of Egypt, and the stone was a firm favourite among the pharaohs.

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

Weight 3.3 g
Dimensions L 1.7 x W 1.1 cm


Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: For Similar: Christie’s Auction House, New York, Auction 8724, Antiquities, 12th April 2000, lot 51