Egyptian Steatite Scarab to Amun

£395.00

An Egyptian dark blue, faience scarab with very stylised obverse showing the basic outline of the scarab’s anatomy, with hieroglyphs to the reverse. To the reverse is a blessing to Amun. To the top of the scarab is the feather of Maat, the water ripple ‘n’ sign and a sun disc, which forms the god’s name. Beneath is a simple line and dot motif, which form a single hieroglyph, transliterated as ‘tꜣ’. The sign translates as ‘eternity’. Thus, together with the ‘neb’ basket sign, which translates as ‘lord’, the phrase would read, ‘Amun, lord of eternity’.

The scarab has been pierced longitudinally for suspension but the hole is quite small.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom
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. Stylised obverse but still retains its vibrant colour.

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SKU: AH-1150 Category: Tags: ,

Amun was one of the principle deities within the Egyptian pantheon. Worshipped from the Old Kingdom, his importance grew and he was eventually placed as the patron god of Thebes. His national importance was affirmed with the fusion of Amun and the sky-god, Ra, to become Amun-Ra. He was associated by the Ancient Greeks to Zeus. Not seen on scarabs before the 18th Dynasty, the name Amun or Amun-Ra became a popular inscription on amulets in both Egypt and Palestine for the duration of the New Kingdom. These commonly display the name of the god alone and filling their entire field, or accompanied by additional motifs as seen on this piece. The popularity of scarabs dedicated to Amun can be linked with the revival of the deity’s cult after the 2nd Intermediate Period. Scarabs such as this, asking for protection from a specific god were popular in the late New Kingdom Period and Third Intermediate Period.

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

Weight 1.07 g
Dimensions L 1.5 x W 1 cm
Culture

Egyptian Mythology

Faience

Region

Reference: For Similar: The Isreal Museum, Jerusalem, item 76.31.2263