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Egyptian Steatite Mini Scarab

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1151100

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Egyptian Steatite Mini Scarab, ca. 1600 BCE. 5/8", from Lower Egypt. 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom. Includes hieroglyphs for vulture, ankh (the key of life), name of a king, emblem of wealth, and the Goddess Maat of Justice. In original jeweler's box. Ex: Arlene Rodman, Florida. Purchased at Nassar Brothers Antiquities, Cairo 1971. Old Egyptians worshiped the scarab as a living representative of a god. The pharaohs gave the name "Xepera", meaning "father of the gods", to the scarabs. Men and women carved the shape of the insects out of stones and wore them as a silent tribute to the creator of the universe.