Ancient Egyptian Steatite Scarab from the Mustaki Collection

Description
Ancient Egyptian Steatite Scarab from the Mustaki Collection
Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period

A very fine steatite Ancient Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features displaying a bird, possibly a hawk, standing with its wings fully extended. The reverse displays the incised features of a scarab beetle. The surface has some earthly encrustations on it.

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.

Measurements: circa 2cm length

Provenance: Gustave Mustaki was an avid collector in the early 20th century, with his collection coming to the UK under Egyptian license 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. The whole collection was viewed by Carol Andrews (formerly Egyptian Department in the British Museum).

Lot details
Culture
Ancient Egyptian
Material
Steatite
Object
Scarab from the Mustaki Collection
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period
Condition
Good Condition, See Photo
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