Scarab, earthenware, Egypt, date unknown

Made in Egypt

Scarab, earthenware, Egypt, date unknown

The figurine is a stylised representation of a scarab beetle. The flat underside features an engraved hieroglyphic inscription featuring a four-legged creature (lion) with a human-like head (possibly a sphinx). A fimo impression was created by Conservation (A6494-39R).

Summary

Object No.

A6494-39

Physical Description

Scarab, earthenware, Egypt, date unknown

The figurine is a stylised representation of a scarab beetle. The flat underside features an engraved hieroglyphic inscription featuring a four-legged creature (lion) with a human-like head (possibly a sphinx). A fimo impression was created by Conservation (A6494-39R).

Marks

No marks

Dimensions

Height

6 mm

Width

11 mm

Production

Notes

In ancient Egyptian religion, the scarab (dung beetle) was an important symbol. The dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) lays its eggs in dung balls fashioned through rolling. This beetle was associated with the divine manifestation of the early morning sun, Khepri, whose name was written with the scarab hieroglyph and who was believed to roll the disk of the morning sun over the eastern horizon at daybreak. Since the scarab hieroglyph, Kheper, refers variously to the ideas of existence, manifestation, development, growth, and effectiveness, the beetle itself was a favourite form used for amulets in all periods of Egyptian history.

Made

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History

Notes

This is part of a large collection of antiquities, including Egyptian faience figures, bronze figurines, scarabs and earthenware objects. They originate from Egypt, Italy, India and the Middle East.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Scarab, earthenware, Egypt, date unknown 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 February 2018, <https://ma.as/186517>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/186517 |title=Scarab, earthenware, Egypt, date unknown |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 February 2018 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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