A steatite Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse is decorated with an incised depiction of a grazing antelope, distinguishable by its two horns.
The scarab is pierced at each end to allow for suspension.
Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC Period: New Kingdom Period Provenance: from the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt). Condition: Excellent. With very fine and clearly defined hieroglyphs.
The antelope was an animal used for trade or kept as a pet in Egypt. It is associated with a few deities but does not have a distinct connection. The deity Satis, a hunting and fertility goddess, was often depicted wearing a crown with antelope horns. Whilst the god Sokar, a complex chthonic and afterlife deity, was depicted with a barque featuring an antelope head at its prow. The barque represented the triumph of the sun.
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