Egyptian Steatite Scarab

£ 165.00

A steatite scarab from the renowned Mustaki collection. The scarab features four depictions of the Uraeus – the 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 also a symbol of the goddess Wadjet: depicted as a cobra, she was patron of Lower Egypt, kings and women in childbirth.

 

Date: Circa 1200-500 BC
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).
Condition: Very fine. The scarab has two larger chips to the bottom surface

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Product Code: ES-43
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The Ancient Egyptians believed that the Scarabaeus Beetle had the ability to spontaneously regenerate itself from cow dung, which these beetles roll around, forming small balls they push forward, bury themselves and lay eggs in. Consequently the scarab came to be associated with the spontaneous continuation of the life cycle. In addition, this movement resembled the journey the sun does everyday across the sky and therefore the Egyptian God Khepri, who represents the morning sun, became strongly associated with this insect. Scarabs are amongst the most popular and most numerous of all Ancient Egyptian artefacts and were especially employed in the funerary context.

To discover more about amulets in the Ancient Egyptian world, please visit our relevant post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt

Dimensions L 2 cm
Region

North Africa

Stone

Steatite

Egyptian Mythology

Khepri

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