Egyptian Steatite Scarab with Uraei

$466.48

A steatite Egyptian scarab with incised hieroglyphs to the reverse.  The moulded obverse a moulded clypeus and head, with slight indentations representing the the humeral callosities. The reverse features a large central scarab hieroglyph, deeply incised and with additional details to mark its features. Flanking on either side are two undulating uraei, their bodies marked with linear grooves. Encircling the scene is a rope-like band, adding another decorative element.

The scarab is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: Ex Sasson family coll., Jerusalem (since 1925).
Condition: Excellent condition.

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The scarab was one of the most popular ancient Egyptian amulets. They were used as pieces of jewellery, commemorative items and seals, and magical amulets offering protection and good fortune.

The Uraeus cobra symbol derives from word ‘iaret’, meaning ‘the risen one’. Cobras rising up in protection were used on the front of the headdresses of gods and pharaohs, suggesting the amulet may have been an emblem of royal and divine power and authority.

Becoming popular in the Middle Kingdom, amulets in the shape of scarab beetles were thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the dessert mirrored the journey of the sun across the sky from day to night. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, it became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.

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

Weight 1.38 g
Dimensions L 1.5 cm
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Reference: For similar iconography: Liverpool World Museum, UK, item M12543