EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE GLAZED SCARAB AMULET
Measurements: length - 2.4 cm
Description: An Egyptian glazed amulet in turquoise colour in a shape of the scarab. It features a naturalistic underside with a hoop for attachment. It was used in funerary context. Egyptians regarded the scarab as an embodiment of the creator god, 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 special 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: Andrews, C., Amulets of ancient Egypt, 1994, Fig. 59g.
Period: 26th Dynasty, 664 – 525 BC
Condition: Very fine, intact.