Egyptian Steatite Scarab with a Representation of Seth-Baal and a Uraeus

$196.18

A steatite Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse is detailed with a large standing figure holding a Uraeus. The figure is identified as the god Seth-Baal by his outstretched wing, long ears and snout.

The scarab has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1295–1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period, Dynasty 19 and 20
Provenance: from the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Very fine.

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SKU: AH-781 Category: Tags: , ,

Seth was an ambiguous Egyptian god, patron of disorder, envy, violence and storms. Within the Osiris myth he is portrayed as the usurper to his brother Osiris, killing him and causing chaos. However he maintains a positive role when accompanying Ra and repels the serpent of Chaos, Apep. He was a god particularly favoured by the 19thDynasty, New Kingdom Kings such as Seti I. Such scarabs depicting Seth-Baal were thus very popular during this time.

Seth was closely identified with the Near Eastern god Baal, becoming a ‘hybrid’ deity, merging to form the winged Seth-Baal.

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

Weight 0.9 g
Dimensions L 1.3 cm
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Egyptian Mythology

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Reference: For Similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 22.1.425