An Egyptian black faience scarab with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax, and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse displays four engraved dots at the centre and a floral motif comprising of a tall flower and some foliage to the sides. The scarab has been pierced longitudinally for suspension, though the hole is now blocked.
Date: Circa 1725-1650 BC Period: Second Intermediate Period, 14th Dynasty Provenance: Ex private London based collection, AH, formerly in English family collections acquired from the 1920s - 1990s. Condition: Very fine condition.
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 desert 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.
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