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Naturalistic Scarab

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Description Naturalistic scarabs, which exhibit a beetle-formed underside instead of a flat bottom with additional motifs, became popular in the late Third Intermediate and Late periods. They were attached to the mummy bandages and were part of the amulet set. There are two varieties of such scarabs: red carnelian and blue-green faience scarabs. It is likely that the blue-green scarabs focus only on the renewal aspect, while the red carnelian scarabs were related to the sun rise/set aspect and gave special protection at the critical transition phase.
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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ca. 664-525 BC (Late Period)
dark orange-red carnelian
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 3/8 x W: 9/16 x L: 13/16 in. (0.9 x 1.5 x 2.1 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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Not On View


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