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Scarab with Incised Cross

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

Glass and faience were both difficult materials for making jewelry.

Eighteenth Dynasty artisans frequently created glass reproductions of traditional metal and stone forms. These early glassworkers, still perfecting their skills, often reduced intricate details like inscriptions to simple lines.

Late Eighteenth Dynasty faiencemanufacturers produced mold-made rings inscribed with royal names. Because these pieces were too fragile to have been worn, they were most likely distributed as royal keepsakes at state occasions.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479–1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3/8 x 9/16 x 11/16 in. (0.9 x 1.4 x 1.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Saqqara, Egypt; by 1852, acquired in Egypt by Henry Abbott; 1859, purchased from Henry Abbott by the New-York Historical Society, New York, NY; 1937, loaned from the New-York Historical Society to the Brooklyn Museum; September 1948, purchased from the New-York Historical Society by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Scarab with Incised Cross, ca. 1479–1292 B.C.E. Glass, 3/8 x 9/16 x 11/16 in. (0.9 x 1.4 x 1.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.868E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.1260E_37.868E_erg456.jpg)
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