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Description This serpentine scarab has a flat underside without any bottom design. The top has a design that is very detailed, with deeply incised hatch lines on the wing cases and slightly irregular line flow. The pattern is evenly spaced and tightly packed, the proportions of the top are slightly unbalanced, and the workmanship of the piece is good. It is carefully made. The scarab functioned as a funerary amulet and had renewal connotations. The very high back of the scarab and its size makes it likely that it was produced as an inlay for a finger ring or as a small pectoral.
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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664-405 BCE (Late Period)
green-brown serpentine
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 1/2 x W: 9/16 x L: 13/16 in. (1.2 x 1.5 x 2 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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