Description This serpentine scarab has a flat underside with a vertically arranged inscription requesting good luck for the New Year. The design of the back is detailed, with thick, deeply incised lines and regular line flow. The workmanship is slightly rough and the forms of the script signs are very reduced. This scarab originally functioned as an amulet, and was threaded or mounted. It has a regenerative connotation and focuses on the new years ritual.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Happy New Year.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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