EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN SCARAB
Measurements: 2.3 cm – length, 1.5 cm - width
Description: A beautiful carnelian scarab with simple and naturalistic carving. Underside of the scarab is plain but features the natural pattern of the stone. Carnelian was credited with magical properties and as a material for scarabs it was popular within the 18th Dynasty. The Egyptians have regarded the scarab as an embodiment of the creator god Khepri, who was self-engendered, based on the belief that scarab (dung) beetles were self-creating.
Scarabs are the most popular and most numerous of all Egyptian artefacts. Except for funerary and royal commemorative scarabs, on average they are small-sized like this piece. The vast majority of scarabs are amulets providing protection and attracting good luck for the living.
Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Period: 18th- 19th Dynasty, 1549-1189 BC
Condition: Very fine, intact.