Description This lapis lazuli scarab has a flat underside with a vertically arranged design of spiral scrolls. The scrolls are arranged below each other and both face with their open parts to the left. The design of the back of the scarab is detailed with fine incised lines, regular line flow, and almost balanced proportions. The workmanship of the scarab is slightly rough and the piece is simply made. The scarab functioned as an amulet with a regenerative connotation and was originally mounted or threaded. The bottom design was executed after the repair of the scarab. The height of the scarab makes it likely that it was originally created as inlay for a finger ring. Later the scarab was reused, and the second latitudinal hole was drilled.
- Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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