As an avid collector in the early 20th century, Mustaki amassed a collection of antiquities from Alexandria in Egypt, and his collection came to the UK under Egyptian license in 1947. Many of the pieces are in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum, the Getty Museum, and the Egyptian State Museum. We have purchased over 1,700 scarabs from this collection and this item has been catalogued by Carol Andrews (formerly of the British Museum’s Egyptian Department).
Egyptian Negro Head Scaraboid from the Mustaki Collection
A steatite human-head scaraboid of so-called negro head type. The underside shows a seated royal figure carrying the crook and flail, and before him stands a small figure with front arm raised, as though in greeting or adoration.
Period: Early 18th Dynasty
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Excellent condition.