Western Asiatic Amethyst Scaraboid with a Horse and Aramaic Inscription


A fine Western Asiatic amethyst scaraboid with a plain domed obverse. The reverse has been incised with a stylised image of a horse head and four Aramaic characters. The amulet is pierced vertically through the centre for suspension.

Date: Mid 1st millennium BC
Provenance: From the private collection of the late Mr S.M., London, UK, 1969-1999; thence by descent.
Condition: Fine condition and intact.

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The name “amethyst” comes from the Greek, ‘amethystos‘, meaning “not intoxicated” (‘ἀ- a-, “not” and μεθύσκω ‘methysko‘ / μεθύω ‘methyo’, “intoxicate”). The Egyptians seem to have held similar beliefs in the protective qualities of the beautiful stone. They believed the stone had talismanic properties against malign influences. The Egyptians would have sourced their amethyst from Nubia, which was a province of Egypt, and the stone was a firm favourite among the pharaohs.

Weight 1.59 g
Dimensions L 1.3 x W 1 x H 0.7 cm


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