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Scarab with Script Signs


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This steatite scarab was originally glazed. It has a flat underside with a vertically arranged bottom design with a combination of seven different script signs, six of which appear twice. The design of the scarab's back is simple with short aligned side-notches and well balanced proportions. The piece is simply made and the workmanship is good. This multifunctional amulet should provide royal and divine support, good luck, life, renewal, and protection. The double presence of the six signs refers to the creation, and the single sun disc to the creator. The amulet should protect and support its owner in all different situations. The piece was originally mounted or threaded. Scarabs displaying hieroglyphic sign arrangements without syntactical context are typical for the late Middle Kingdom and the Hyksos Period.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] The combination has seven different hieroglyphic signs, of which six appear twice, only the sun disc is not repeated. The terms are: King - appearance, perfection/good luck, come into being, beginning - life, Re, life - beginning.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911 (?)

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Period
ca. 1794-1539 BC (late Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate; MB IIB)
Medium
light beige steatite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.12
Measurements
H: 5/16 x W: 7/16 x L: 11/16 in. (0.8 x 1.1 x 1.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (?) (Place of Origin)
  • Palestine (?) (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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