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Centerpiece of a Winged Scarab
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Centerpiece of a Winged Scarab

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Description This faience scarab is the centerpiece of a winged scarab amulet with a flat underside and drill-holes at the bottom and sides. The design of the back is very detailed, with shallowly incised hatch lines for the wing cases and slightly irregular line flow. The pattern is evenly spaced, the proportions of the top are balanced and the modeled extremities are heavy. The piece is very carefully made, and the workmanship is good. This scarab functioned as a funerary amulet and was originally attached to mummy bandages along with wings. Winged scarabs should assure the renewal of the deceased by meeting the sun god in the afterlife.
Date Description Narrative
11/20/1978Examinationexamined for condition
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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746-525 BCE (Third Intermediate-Late Period)
light beige faience with dark blue glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
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H: 9/16 x W: 1 5/16 x L: 1 7/8 in. (1.5 x 3.3 x 4.7 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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