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Naturalistic Scarab
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Naturalistic Scarab

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Description This naturalistic faience scarab has a medium high back with a detailed design of shallowly incised fine lines for the plates and wing cases. The lines are narrowly and evenly spaced. The proportions of the top are almost balanced. The bottom of the scarab has modeled body structures with an eye protruding from the center of the belly. The workmanship of the piece is good and it is carefully made. This scarab functioned as a funerary amulet with regenerative connotations. It was originally attached to mummy bandages as part of the amulet set of the mummy.
Provenance "Sheikh of the Pyramids" [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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664-525 BCE (Late Period)
light beige faience with light green glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 1/2 x W: 1 1/8 x L: 1 1/4 in. (1.3 x 2.9 x 3.2 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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