A steatite Egyptian scarab with incised features such as the clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. Decorated to the reverse, the piece has been incised with a hunting scene, depicting a man and a lion-like figure. An incised palm branch adds a further decorative element to the right of the scarab. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.
Date: 1070–900 BC Period: Third Intermediate Period Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt). Condition: Very fine. Small chip to the front of the scarab. Hieroglyphs are well defined.
Hunting scene scarabs such as this one have been found in abundance in North Egypt and the Southern Levant, suggesting they were mass-produced. Scenes produced depict a variety of animals, from horned deer, ferocious lions and rare ostriches. Due to their abundance, this type of seal can be dated quite precisely to the late 11th century and into the 10th century, from Dynasty 21 to early Dynasty 22.
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