Judaean Glass Scarab: Ibex
An ancient Judaean scarab in blue glass with iridescence. The underside of the scarab depicts an ibex.
Ca. 500 - 100 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. Often the bases were inscribed with symbols or "words of power," intended to magically invigorate the wearer. Scarabs have been found throughout the Mediterranean world, attesting to the spread of Egyptian art and religion beyond the borders of Egypt.
Formerly in an American private collection.