Ancient Egyptian Steatite Scarab with a Sphinx from the Mustaki Collection

Description
Ancient Egyptian Steatite Scarab with a Sphinx from the Mustaki Collection
New Kindom, 1550 - 1070 BC

An Ancient Egyptian white steatite scarab with incised hieroglyphs to the reverse, combrised of a recumbent sphinx and ankh hieroglyph, symbolising life. The sphinx, a mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a man, was the embodiment of the pharaoh.

The ancient Egyptians believed the Scarabeus Beetle was able to spontaneously regenerate itself from cow dung, which these beetles can be observed rolling into small balls and burying. Consequently the scarab came to symbolize a spontaneous continuation of the life cycle.

Length: 1.2cm

Provenance: 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. We have purchased over 1700 scarabs from this collection, and this item has been catalogued by Carol Andrews (formerly Egyptian Department in the British Museum).

Lot details
Culture
Ancient Egyptian
Material
Steatite
Object
Scarab with a Sphinx from the Mustaki Collection
Century/ Timeframe
New Kindom, 1550 - 1070 BC
Condition
Good Condition, See Photo
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