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Scarab with Perfect Existence Signs


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This steatite scarab has a flat underside with a horizontally arranged design with three script signs, two repeated. The design of the back is simple with slightly unbalanced proportions. The workmanship of the piece is good and it is simply made. This amulet has a recreative and /or good luck connotation; the duplication of the signs should strengthen the effect. The third sign is either a fill character, or refers to the all-inclusiveness of 'perfect existence.' The scarab originally would have been mounted or threaded. The combination of signs on the bottom of this scarab is not common.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Sign combination two scrabs above an nb-basket, flanked by nfr-signs: Perfect existence, perfect existence.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1648-1539 BCE (Second Intermediate Period; Hyksos; late MB IIB)
Medium
beige-brown steatite with green-blue glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.37
Measurements
H: 3/8 x W: 9/16 x L: 13/16 in. (1 x 1.5 x 2.1 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
  • Palestine (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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