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Naturalistic Scarab
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Naturalistic Scarab

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Description This naturalistic faience scarab has a high back with a detailed design of deeply incised hatch lines on the wing cases. It has irregular line flow, the pattern is unevenly spaced, and the proportions of the top are balanced. The bottom of the scarab has modeled body structures with an eye protruding from the center of the belly. The piece is carefully made with good workmanship. The scarab functioned as a funerary amulet with regenerative connotations. It was originally attached to mummy bandages where it formed a part of the amulet set of the mummy.
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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665-342 BCE (Late Period)
light beige faience with light green glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 15/16 x W: 11/16 x D: 7/16 in. (2.4 x 1.8 x 1.1 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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