Scaraboids were amulets that lacked the anatomical features of the scarab. They could be designed in a number of shapes and forms, from simple rhomboid and circular beads to more complicated shapes. Animal shapes or human heads could all feature as scaraboids. They held similar apotropaic value to their scarab counterparts however.
Egyptian Turquoise Glazed Faience Scaraboid
An Egyptian turquoise glazed faience amulet in the shape of a rhomboid scaraboid. The reverse is decorated with an incised geometric pattern. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.
Period: New Kingdom Period, Dynasty 18
Provenance: Ex private London based collection, AH, formerly in English family collections acquired from the 1920s - 1990s.
Condition: Very fine with vivid turquoise colouring.