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Naturalistic Scarab


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Description Naturalistic scarabs, which exhibit a beetle-formed underside instead of a flat bottom with additional motifs, became popular in the late Third Intermediate and Late periods. They were attached to the mummy bandages and were part of the amulet set. There are two varieties of such scarabs: red carnelian and blue-green faience scarabs. It is likely that the blue-green scarabs focus only on the renewal aspect, while the red carnelian scarabs were related to the sun rise/set aspect and gave special protection at the critical transition phase.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/20/1978Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
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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Period
665-342 BCE (Late Period)
Medium
Egyptian faience with green glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.366
Measurements
H: 1/2 x W: 13/16 x L: 1 in. (1.2 x 2 x 2.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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