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Scarab with Personal Wish Formula
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Scarab with Personal Wish Formula


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This steatite scarab has a flat underside with a vertically arranged bottom inscription with a personal wish formula. The top of the piece has a very detailed, deeply incised design with slightly irregular line flow and almost balanced proportions. The workmanship is good and the piece is simply made. The piece functioned as a provider individualized amulet and should provide its owner with the special support of the goddess Bastet. It originally would have been mounted or threaded.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] May I be a favorite of Bastet.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
664-405 BCE (Late Period)
Medium
light red-beige steatite with green-blue glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.54
Measurements
H: 1/4 x W: 7/16 x L: 9/16 in. (0.7 x 1.1 x 1.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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