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Egyptian Scarab with Recumbent Sphinx, 1292-713 BC

Egyptian Scarab with Recumbent Sphinx, 1292-713 BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1235207
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Bernhard I. Mller, PhD
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Steatite scarab with a coarse depiction of the king portrayed as a recumbent sphinx. The bearded and probably crowned creature is guarded by a winged uraeus behind. The tiny dot in front of the serrated wings may represent a small solar disc.
The uncertain sign in front may represent a cobra, the feather of Maat or the seated goddess herself, as on related depictions.
The bird underneath may be the Horus falcon alluding to the king as ‘Horus in Life’. The wedjat eye on the other hand would protect the king in his afterlife.
Pronotum and elytra are separated by a double line, the wing cases by three of them. The legs are shown by two horizontal grooves.
For a close parallel, cf. no. 612 in: Fouad Matouk. Corpus du scarabée égyptien. Vol. I. Beyrouth 1971.
For a related shape, cf. no. 09.53, p. 259 in: Franco Magnarini. Catalogo ragionato di una collezione di Scarabei-Sigillo Egizi. Oxford 2004.
Steatite
Egyptian, 19th to 22nd Dynasty, 1292-713 BC
L. 1.6 cm (0.6 in), W. 1.2 cm (0.5 in), H. 0.8 cm (0.3 in)
Fine condition. Two small chips out of the back.
Private collection Suisse Romande, since the 1960s. Thence Swiss art market.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.