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Winged Naturalistic Scarab
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Winged Naturalistic Scarab


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description This faience winged scarab has a flat underside without a bottom design or drill-holes. The design on the scarab's back is very simple. It has a rough and uneven surface, balanced proportions, no evidence of extremities or partition lines, and rough workmanship. The piece is poorly made. The scarab functioned as a funerary amulet, and would have been attached to mummy bandages. Winged scarabs should assure the renewal of the deceased by meeting the sun god in the afterlife. Winged scarabs were the central part of the amulet set of a mummy.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/11/1963Treatmentcleaned; repaired
Provenance William Shirley [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1963, by gift.
Credit Gift of William Shirley, 1963

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Period
6th-4th century BCE (Late Period-early Ptolemaic)
Medium
light beige faience with blue glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.1448
Measurements
Scarab H: 7/16 x W: 1 1/4 x D: 1 11/16 in. (1.18 x 3.1 x 4.3 cm); Wing H: 7/16 x W: 1 1/8 x D: 1 9/16 in. (1.1 x 2.8 x 4 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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