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Scarab with Spiral Scrolls
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Scarab with Spiral Scrolls


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Description This steatite scarab has a flat underside with a vertically arranged bottom design of symmetrical spiral scrolls. The design of the back is simple, the proportions of the top are almost balanced, and the workmanship of the piece is slightly rough. This scarab functioned as an amulet with a regenerative connotation. It was originally mounted or threaded.
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
ca. 1648-1539 BCE (Second Intermediate Period; Hyksos; late MB IIB)
Medium
black-green steatite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.391
Measurements
H: 1/4 x W: 3/8 x L: 1/2 in. (0.7 x 1 x 1.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Palestine (Place of Origin)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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