Egyptian Yellow Faience Scarab

£ 175.00

A Late period Egyptian scarab made from yellow faience and decorated to the reverse. The obverse of the scarab features an incised linear pattern to the body, whilst moulded detail has been used for the head and clypeus. The reverse features a rough attempt at decoration, with a stylised zoomorphic creature incised to the centre. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 664-525 BC
Period: Late Period, Dynasty 26
Provenance: Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine. Small chip to the reverse. Hieroglyphs worn away.


SKU: AH-1052 Category: Tag:

The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular symbol in the art of Ancient Egypt, thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the desert 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. 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.

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

Weight 1.61 g
Dimensions L 1.4 x W 1.2 cm



Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item AN1896-1908-EA.911