Ancient Egyptian Steatite Hyksos Period Scarab from the Mustaki Collection

Description
Ancient Egyptian Steatite Hyksos Period Scarab from the Mustaki Collection
Circa 17th-16th century BC

A finely detailed Egyptian scarab from the Hyksos period, featuring an incised hunting scene to the reverse and pierced longitudinally for suspension. A standing figure can be seen to the left, holding a bow, surrounded by various animals.

The term ‘Hyksos’ can be traced back to the Egyptian expression ‘heka khasewet’, which means, “rulers of foreign lands”. The Hyksos of the fifteenth Dynasty of Egypt, ruling during the Second Intermediate Period, were thus of non-Egyptian origin. They were probably Canaanite, and one tends to find the names of rulers on their scarabs.
The Hyksos Kingdom was centred in the eastern Nile Delta and Middle Egypt. It was limited in size, never extending south into Upper Egypt, and it had Memphis as its capital.

Measurements: 1.4 cm length

Provenance: Ex Mustaki collection. Gustave Mustaki was an avid collector in the early 20th century, with his collection coming to the UK under 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.


Lot details
Culture
Ancient Egyptian
Material
Steatite
Object
Hyksos Period Scarab from the Mustaki Collection
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 17th-16th century BC
Condition
Good Condition, See Photo
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