TWO PIECES EGYPTIAN SCARAB JEWELRY
Please refer to our stock # scarabs when inquiring.
Late Period; c. 700-30 BCE
This collection is comprised of two excellent examples of Egyptian scarabs. First, is a blue-green glazed steatite scarab inscribed with stylized birds on the reverse with remnants of the original silver bezel present. Second is a blue-green glazed steatite scarab with hieroglyphs carved on the reverse set on a 19th Century gold stickpin.
Measurements (scarabs only): 1.59-1.09 cm (5/8-3/4 inches)
In excellent condition.
Certificate of Authenticity Included.
Shipped from the United States.
Acquired from the Howard S. Rose Gallery New York, New York
ex-Private New York City collection
ex.- CT collection
ex- John N Winnie Jr. collection, Georgia, Acquired 1980's-90's.
Due to a misunderstanding in the way dung beetles (the beetle on which the scarab is based) procreate, the Ancient Egyptians viewed these creatures as the embodiment of the creator god in the prehistoric period and later as the embodiment of the sun god Ra. This synergy led to the creation of the deity Khepri, the god of the rising sun, as early as the Old Kingdom. So linked with the dung beetle was Khepri, that he is depicted in hybrid form as a scarab headed man.
This plethora of divine connotations made the scarab beetle well suited for amuletic purposes and was used in Ancient Egypt continuously since the Old Kingdom to a greater or lesser degree. Such scarabs were exported to the Levant and the throughout the ancient Mediterranean where they were also emulated by local craftsmen. So captivated was humanity by the scarab that they continued to capture the imagination long after Egypt stopped producing them for amuletic purposes, as evidenced by the example in this lot placed on a 19th Century stickpin. Today, the infatuation with this iconography and its symbolism is no less significant.