Egyptian Amethyst Scarab Necklace

Egyptian Amethyst Scarab Necklace

An ancient Egyptian carved amethyst scarab, drilled through for suspension, set with an ancient biconical amethyst bead in a modern silver necklace.

New Kingdom, Ca. 1550-1069 BC.
Length of scarab: 15 mm.

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#: 5093


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