The ancient Egyptians believed the Scarabeus Beetle was able to regenerate itself spontaneously from cow dung, which these beetles could be observed rolling into small balls and burying. Consequently, the scarab came to symbolise a spontaneous continuation of the life cycle. The Egyptians regarded the scarab as an embodiment of the creator god, who was accordingly self-engendered.
Egyptian High Quality Funerary Scarab
A high quality Egyptian funerary scarab in finely glazed light blue faience. The scarab is naturalistically modelled, six piercings around the perimeter and a loop on the bottom for sewing onto the bandage of the mummy.
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: Ex Foxwell family collection; 1920-1940
Condition: Complete and intact with beautiful blue glaze.