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Egyptian Scarab with âAn-raâ Inscription, 1630-1522 BC

Egyptian Scarab with ‘An-ra’ Inscription, 1630-1522 BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1226570
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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Steatite scarab inscribed with the so-called ‘an-ra’ formula, flanked by red crowns arranged in tête-bêche.
For the type between crowns tête-bêche, cf. Daphna Ben-Tor pl. 34, item no. 23, and discussion pp. 80-81.
For related items, cf. Magnarini no. 03.45, p. 133 and nos. 03.63-03.65, pp. 151-153.
The division of the back starts from two notches on the sides. The wing-cases separated by a double line. The legs are shown by two horizontal grooves.
The 'an-ra' formula originates from early Canaanite scarabs and became very popular during the Hyksos period.
Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, 15th/16th Dynasty, 1630-1522 BC
1.7 cm (0.7 in)
1.2 cm (0.5 in)
0.75 cm (0.3 in)
Swiss private collection, since the 1960s. Thence Swiss art market (data to the buyer).

Franco Magnarini. Catalogo ragionato di una collezione di Scarabei-Sigillo Egizi. Oxford 2004.
Daphna Ben-Tor. Scarabs, Chronology, and Interconnections. Fribourg 2007.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.