Egyptian Inscribed Scarab: Bull and Snake

 

Egyptian Inscribed Scarab: Bull and Snake

An ancient Egyptian scarab inscribed on the base with a bull and a snake. Pierced for suspension or attachment.

Late Period.
Ca. 700 - 30 BC.
Height: 12 mm.

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 American private collection.

Inv#: 7153

$200

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