A very fine steatite Ancient Egyptian scarab beetle amulet with incised features displaying a male figure walking towards the right. He is wearing a pharaoh’s crown and schenti, an ancient Egyptian wrap-skirt worn by men. 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 2.1 cm 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).
- Exceptional Ancient Egyptian
- Scarab from the Mustaki Collection
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period
- Good Condition, See Photo