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Scarab Ring


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The scarab, the ancient Egyptian symbol of regeneration and rebirth, was a very popular motif in jewelry. This sacred beetle was connected to the sun-god Khepri, who could appear in the form of a scarab and was also associated with resurrection. This ring features an amethyst scarab, which can be rotated to reveal a hieroglyphic inscription chased on its gold mount. It reads "Butler of Nefer-her: Hebi," which identifies the pieces as the property of a royal servant.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/19/1978Examinationexamined for condition
3/07/1984Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Children of Robert Garrett, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1964, by gift.
Inscriptions [Translation] Butler of Nefer-her: Hebi.
Credit Gift of the children of Robert Garrett, 1964

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Creator
Period
1794-1648 BC (Middle Kingdom)
Medium
gold, amethyst
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1957
Measurements
H: 3/8 x W: 5/8 x L: 7/8 in. (1 x 1.55 x 2.15 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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