Egyptian Steatite Scarab with a Blessing to Amun

$188.29

A steatite Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse features incised hieroglyphs depicting a blessing to the god Amun. From the top of the scarab the following symbols are depicted: the barque (in this case a determinative for the god Ra), the ripple of water (‘n’ sound), the adze sign (‘n’ sound), the three papyrus stems (ḥȝ – ha sound) and the trussed goose at the bottom (snḏ sound, meaning fear).

The scarab is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 733–664 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period – Late Period
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Very fine. Some damage to the reverse of the scarab at each side.

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Product Code: AH-775
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The hieroglyphs upon this scarab represent a blessing to the god Amun, invoked by the wearer. It reassures the wearer that when ‘Amun-Re is behind me, do not fear’. The god is represented by the barque symbol at the top of the scarab, along with the sun-disk. Scarabs such as this, asking for protection from a specific god were popular in the late New Kingdom Period and Third Intermediate Period.

The Egyptian god, Amun-Ra, was a highly important deity in the Egyptian pantheon. Originally, he was worshipped as two gods, the creator of the universe, Amun, and the sun-god, Ra. He gains national importance after the defeat of the Hyksos at Thebes in the 16th century and it is from this date we see a combination of the two gods. As his position grew, Amun-Ra’s worship was almost monotheistic in nature, with the other gods considered manifestations of him. So great was his influence that he was identified with the Greek god Zeus from the Ptolemaic period, to form Zeus Ammon. Alexander the Great claimed divine descent as the son of Amun.

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

Weight 1.8 g
Dimensions L 1.7 cm
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Reference: For similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 30.8.1043

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