Egyptian Scarab Ring
An ancient Egyptian scarab inscribed with an enthroned figure and a kneeling figure, with a kepher symbol beetle above, set in a modern granulated gold swivel ring.
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.
cf.: P. E. Newberry, Egyptian Scarabs, (London, 1906), pl. XXXIV, no. 33.
Formerly in the collection of Armen Sarkisian, acquired in Egypt in the 1950s.