Egyptian Steatite Scarab with Pseudo Cartouche


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 reclining animal to the right side, possibly an ichneumon (known as a mongoose) and a pseudo cartouche to the left side. Both signs sit above a ‘neb’ basket sign. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1700–1500 BC
Period: Second Intermediate Period, Hyksos Period.
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Fine, clear precise hieroglyphs. Hairline crack to top of the amulet.


SKU: AH-874 Category: Tags: ,

The mongoose, or the ichneumon, as it was known to the Egyptians was considered the sacred animal of Atum. From the Third Intermediate Period, it was common to see the animal displayed with an ostrich feather and a sun disk. Alternatively, it was also displayed with the symbol for the city Heliopolis, known as Iwnw. As Atum had his cult centre here.

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

Weight 1.2 g
Dimensions L 1.6 x W 1.1 cm


Egyptian Mythology



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