LARGE CANAANITE GLAZED STEATITE SCARAB FROM JERUSALEM
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Second Intermediate Period; c. 15th Dynasty (c. 1650-1550 BCE)
In the form of a scarab beetle this piece was originally embellished with a blue-green glaze still present on the obverse of the scarab. On the reverse is a hieroglyphic inscription including a scarab beetle between two crocodiles. The mannerist portrayal of the hieroglyphs suggests that it was not made in Egypt but was more than likely produced in Canaan by someone who was not a native speaker of the language and thus was less adept at producing it.
Dimensions: 24 x 18 mm
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Daphna Ben-Tor, “The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt” (Jerusalem:1993) pg. 28-32.
Daphna Ben-Tor, “Pseudo Hieroglyphs on Middle Bronze Age Canaanite Scarabs”, Ling Aeg—Stud. Mon. 8 (2009), 83-100.
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”.