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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1314226

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Second Intermediate Period, 15th -17th Dynasties (c. 1600-1550 BCE)

In the form of a scarab beetle on the obverse with an inscribed reverse with central a-n-r formula between two n-f-r hieroglyphs above and below.

Dimensions: 16 x 11 mm

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Daphna Ben-Tor, “The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt” (Jerusalem:1993).


The a-n-r inscription found during the period has been interpreted by some to represent the name of the god Ra. However, due to the inconsistency of the inscription between examples as well as the fact that the letters represented do not combine to form a word suggests that the craftsmen were more interested in their magical significance.

The n-f-r symbols combined to create the hieroglyph nefer, which means the good or the beautiful. It was also used in Egyptian names such as in Nefertiti.