Egyptian Inscribed Scarab: Ibex

 

Egyptian Inscribed Scarab: Ibex

An ancient Egyptian steatite scarab inscribed on the base with an ibex. Pierced for suspension.

Second Intermediate Period
15th Dynasty
Hyksos Period, 1650-1550 BC.
Height: 16 mm

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 American private collection.

Inv#: 7152

$150

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