Egyptian Hyksos Period Scarab with a Falcon and Uraei

$333.37

A steatite Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse is detailed with a falcon to its centre, flanked by four rearing uraei. The falcon sits on the ‘neb’ basket hieroglyph. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1700–1500 BC
Period: Second Intermediate Period, Hyksos Period.
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Fine, clear precise hieroglyphs. Small chip to the suspension hole.

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This particular scarab bears resemblance to those carved by Canaanite craftsmen during Egypt’s Hyksos period. The Hyksos period, during the late Middle Kingdom, was a period of foreign rule by a succession of Asiatic chieftains, hailing from the Levant. Craftsmen followed on the tradition of using scarabs as protection amulets however their style and motifs were different. Hieroglyphs were used simply for the apotropaic properties, rather than specific meaning. Scarabs such as these, with common Egyptian hieroglyphs depicted, were abundant during this period.

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

Weight 2.1 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 1.4 cm
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