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Scarab with Spread Wings
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Scarab with Spread Wings

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Description Scarabs were modeled on the dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer). The Egyptians associated these insects with the young sun-god Kheper, who, like the scarab, was believed to be self created. Images of winged scarabs were placed on the chest of the mummy to facilitate its rebirth in the afterworld.
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • Faience: The Colors of the Heavens. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Weisgall [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1948, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Weisgall, 1948

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756-655 BCE (Third Intermediate Period)
Egyptian faience, light beige; glaze, blue
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 9/16 x W: 1 7/16 x L: 2 1/16 in. (1.4 x 3.7 x 5.3 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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