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Scarab with "Udjat" Eyes


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This steatite scarab is the bezel of a finger ring. Its flat underside is incised with a vertically arranged design of a pair of facing, connected "Udjat" eyes with script signs below. The design of the back of the scarab is simple with short and aligned carved side-notches and a well proportioned layout. The workmanship of the piece is slightly rough and it is not very carefully made. This scarab originally functioned as an amulet. It should protect the life and regeneration of its owner and provide divine support. The piece was originally mounted or threaded. The very stylized shape of "Udjat"-eye-pair was common in the late Middle Kingdom and the Second Intermediate Period.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] Pair of connected Udjat eyes, which face each other
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1648-1539 BCE (Second Intermediate Period; MB IIB)
Medium
light brown steatite with green-blue glaze and bronze setting
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.39
Measurements
H: 3/8 x W: 11/16 x L: 15/16 in. (0.9 x 1.8 x 2.4 cm)
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Not On View

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