A CANAANITE HYKSOS PERIOD STEATITE SCARAB WITH LION
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Second Intermediate Period; 15th Dynasty (c. 1650-1550 BCE)
In the form of a scarab beetle on the obverse with a lion and pseudo-hieroglyphs inscribed on the reverse. The fact that the hieroglyphs are carved incorrectly shows that this scarab is not of Egyptian manufacture and was instead carved by someone who did not speak the language they were writing.
Dimensions: 18 x 14 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. 28-33.
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”.