Egyptian Steatite Scarab with an Antelope

£ 195.00

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.


SKU: AH-792 Category: Tags: , ,

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.

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

Weight 1.6 g
Dimensions L 1.4 cm