Egyptian Amethyst Scarab Jewelry


Egyptian Amethyst Scarab Jewelry

Three ancient Egyptian carved amethyst scarabs, drilled through for suspension, set in modern 18 karat gold earrings and finger ring in the ancient Egyptian style.

New Kingdom, Ca. 1550-1069 BC.
Maximum opening of the ring: 21 mm.
Set in modern gold mounts.

Ancient Egyptian amethyst was derived from Wadi el Hudi, southeast of Aswan. Amethyst was especially popular in the New Kingdom. Two amethyst scarabs were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
The ancient Egyptians believed the Scarabeus Beetle was able to spontaneously regenerate itself from cow dung, which these beetles can be observed rolling into small balls and burying. Consequently the scarab came to symbolize a spontaneous continuation of the life cycle. These finely carved amulets were worn in life and in necklaces around the mummy. Often the bases were inscribed with symbols or "words of power," intended to magically invigorate the wearer.

Formerly in an Israeli private collection.

Inv#: 4944


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