Canaanite Crystal Scarab in Gold Ring
An ancient Canaanite rock crystal scarab set in a gold swivel ring. The shank of the ring, scarab and gold mount are all original, modern gold wire attaches the scarab to the shank.
Ca. 1500-900 BC.
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, acquired in the 1970s.