Large Egyptian Steatite Scarab with a Falcon-headed God and a Uraeus

$410.06

A large steatite Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features including the clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse is detailed with a clearly inscribed large standing figure, featuring a falcon head. He stands holding a date-palm leaf in one hand. The rearing, hooded cobra, known as the uraeus has been inscribed in the background. The neb, basket sign sits to the bottom of the scarab. The figure, identified by his falcon head, is most likely the Egyptian god Horus. The amulet is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1700–1500 BC
Period: Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 13 to 17
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt).
Condition: Very fine, clear precise hieroglyphs.

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SKU: AH-870 Category: Tags: , , ,

Such scarabs, depicting a standing figure and flanked by the uraeus were exceedingly popular in the Second Intermediate Period, produced from 1700 – 1500 BC. This period is marked by Hyksos rule in Egypt and such scarabs show a definite Canaanite aesthetic. Whilst scarabs from this period had a limited specific meaning, the hieroglyphs depicted suggest artists were very much aware of their apotropaic values.

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

Weight 4.6 g
Dimensions L 2.3 x W 1.7 cm
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Egyptian Mythology

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Reference: For Similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 15.3.155

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