Selection of Egyptian Steatite Scarab with Geometric Patterns
A selection of delicate steatite Egyptian scarabs with incised features such as the clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. Each scarab is decorated to the reverse with geometric patterns and pierced for suspension.
Date: Circa 1981–1295 BC Period: Middle Kingdom - New Kingdom Provenance: Ex private London based collection, AH, formerly in English family collections acquired from the 1920s - 1990s. Condition: Very fine with vivid hieroglyphs.
Scarabs of this type, with generalised hieroglyphs and geometric patterns, were popular during the Middle Kingdom. They gain popularity especially during late Dynasty 12 to Dynasty 13, circa 1850–1640 BC. However influence was taken from such designs during the New Kingdom, when geometric patterns also became popular. Scarabs such as these would have been worn for their apotropaic value.
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