A CANAANITE HYKSOS PERIOD STEATITE SCARAB WITH ATTACHED BRONZE RING
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Second Intermediate Period, 15th Dynasty (c. 1650-1550 BCE)
This scarab is carved in the form of a scarab beetle on the obverse and is inscribed with hieroglyphs on the reverse. Although imitating Egyptian scarabs of the Middle Kingdom it is unlikely this piece was produced by Egyptian craftsman. Surprisingly this example includes the bronze ring into which it was originally set intact, thus making it an excellent example of its type.
Dimensions: 20 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”.