Egyptian Steatite Hyksos Period Scarab with Scrolls


A large ancient Egyptian steatite scarab from the Second Intermediate Period, with incised motif to the reverse. The obverse depicts a detailed head and clypeus, and protruding notched legs. Incised spiral scrollwork fills the reverse, creating a pleasing geometric pattern, typical of Hyksos period scarabs.

The scarab has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1650–1550 BC
Period: Second Intermediate Period
Provenance: Ex private UK collection, Mr. DP, formerly acquired from a London dealership, BL, from 2004-2012.
Condition: Very fine condition to the obverse and reverse.

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The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular symbol in the art of Ancient Egypt, thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the desert mirrored the journey of the sun across the sky from day to night. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, it became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.

Floral motifs and scroll patterns were exceedingly common on Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate scarabs. Their exact meaning is still unclear, if there was one, however they acted as beautiful filler ornaments. They were especially popular within the 12th and 13th Dynasties and continued to be used into the Hyksos period.

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

Weight 3.90 g
Dimensions L 2.2 x W 1.6 cm



Reference: For Similar: The Isreal Museum, Jerusalem, item 76.31.3077

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