AN EGYPTIAN GLAZED STEATITE SCARAB
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Middle Kingdom; 13th Dynasty (c. 1781-1650 BCE) (
In the form of a scarab beetle, the reverse depicts a group of hieroglyphs surrounded by a rope border. Bearing the name and title of the "Acquaintance of the King Sen-bbw"
Dimensions: 19 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. 26. 60-61.
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.