A CANAANITE HYKSOS PERIOD SCARAB IN GOLD FRAME
Please refer to our stock # scarab3.1 when inquiring.
Second Intermediate Period; 15th Dynasty (c. 1650-1540 BCE)
In original gold setting, this scarab is an excellent example of its type and clearly belonged to a high status member of the community. In the form of a scarab beetle with a blue-green glaze applied, the remnants of which are still visible on the obverse. The reverse is inscribed with the a-n-r formula common to Canaanite scarabs of the Hyksos period.
Dimensions with frame: 18 x 12 mm
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Daphna Ben-Tor, “The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt” (Jerusalem:1993) pg. 28-32.
The “Hyksos” as they are now known were most likely Canaanites, or a group of mixed-Asiatic peoples, who had entered Egypt in the twelfth dynasty and ultimately came to rule. The term “Hyksos” is in fact a Greek corruption of “hekau khasut” which means “chieftains of a foreign land”.
The a-n-r inscription found during the period has been interpreted by some to represent the name of the god Ra. However, due to the inconsistency of the inscription between examples as well as the fact that the letters represented do not combine to form a word suggests that the craftsmen were more interested in their magical significance and supports the belief that they were foreign and relatively unfamiliar with the Ancient Egyptian language.