SELECTION OF EGYPTIAN SCARABS
Measurements: item A: 2 cm – length, item B: 1.7 cm - length
Description: A selection of steatite scarabs from the renowned Mustaki collection. Scarab A features four depictions of Uraeus – Egyptian cobra, the symbol of royal authority in Egypt, worn on headdresses of pharaohs. Aside from that it was also used on jewellery, amulets and as a hieroglyph. It was a symbol of goddess Wadjet: depicted as a cobra, she was patron of Lower Egypt, kings and women in childbirth.
Scarab B features a seated Horus holding ankh, followed by the sun disc that represents Ra, below is the rectangular hieroglyph representing a canal (translating as mr and ‘beloved of’), under which is a hieroglyph in shape of a folded cloth (uniliteral s, also used for stressing the importance of words that follow). It is followed by a wavy symbol for water (uniliteral n) below which is a straight line reminiscent of the sign for land. The pieces are longitudinally pierced and suitable for wear. The price is per individual item. Please e-mail with the letter of your preferential scarab prior to purchase. Item B is SOLD.
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt). Mustaki was an avid collector in the early 20th century and his collection came to the UK under the Egyptian licence in 1947. Many of his pieces are in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum, the Getty Museum and the Egyptian State Museum. We have purchased over 1700 scarabs from this collection and many of these items were catalogued by Carol Andrews (formerly Egyptian Department in the British Museum).
Period: New Kingdom (1550 – 1077 BC)
Condition: Very fine. Scarab A has two larger chips to the bottom surface and scarab B has a chip to the bottom surface as well. Please refer to the photos for details.