An Egyptian steatite scarab amulet, from the Hyksos period, with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse features a standing figure, carved with deep-set incision marks, holding a curved bow.
Date: Circa 1991 – 1570 BC Period: Middle Kingdom - Second Intermediate Period Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt). Condition: Very fine condition. Some remaining black glaze still visible.
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.
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