A round scaraboid made of faience, and with plain, convex back. The underside depicts a central reef knot, from which emerges a pattern in mirror image of a lotus head and buds with long stalks.
Date: Circa 1650-1550 BC Period: 2nd Intermediate Period Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed large collection in Alexandria (Egypt) Condition: Very fine condition.
Gustave Mustaki was an avid collector in the early 20th century, and his collection came to the UK under Egyptian licence in 1947. Many of his pieces are in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum, the Getty Museum, and the Egyptian State Museum. We have purchased over 1700 scarabs from this collection.
Scarabs were produced in vast numbers across many centuries, and many thousands have survived. They were generally intended to be worn or carried by the living.
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