Egyptian Scarab with a Pseudo-Royal Cartouche


A steatite Egyptian, Phoenician scarab beetle amulet with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse is detailed with hieroglyphs, including an oval pseudo-royal cartouche flanked by two rearing cobras, known as the uraeus sign. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1070 BC – 664 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Excellent. With very fine and clearly defined hieroglyphs.


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Whilst this scarab features an oval cartouche, as though supplicating a pharaoh or royal name, the hieroglyphs within do not translate as anything substantial. Instead, the uraeus symbols and the scarab as a whole act as the protecting force. 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.

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

Weight 1.6 g
Dimensions L 1.5 cm




Reference: For Similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 1984.383.32