lunedì 16 gennaio 2017

[#0] Egyptian amulet: cornelian scarab

Egyptian amulet: cornelian scarab 

Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 600 - 500 BC

Material: cornelian

Size: 1.1 x 0.8 cms

Collection: Italian private collection (acquired from an Italian art gallery in 2016)

The owner guarantees that this item has been acquired and hold in a legal way.

Egyptian cornelian scarab amulet belonging to the Late Period. The carving on the top surface outlines the head, the chest and the elytra. The bottom oval surface is devoid of epigraphs. The longitudinal hole suggests his use by the living, for beauty and protection purposes.

Scarabs were among the most common amulets in the ancient Egypt. They symbolized the god Ra and the cycle of death and rebirth. They were used both by the living (such as this cornelian scarab) and the dead (such as the "Heart Scarab" highly important in the ritual of mummification).

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