Egyptian Inscribed Scarab Amulet
An ancient Egyptian faience scarab with six scarabs on an base inscribed on the opposite side with with two upper crowns of Egypt flanking an ankh below two birds flanking a cartouche.
Late Period, ca. 700 - 30 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 the collection of Armen Sarkisian, acquired in Egypt in the 1950s.