Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Nets made of faience beadwork became a fashionable feature of mummy wrappings in the Late Period. Faience amulets formed part of the beadwork pattern and served to protect the mummy through their magical properties. This scarab is one of the finer examples of such amulets. It served as a substitute heart that would ensure continued existence in the hereafter.
ca. 712-342 B.C.E.
second half of Dynasty 25 to Dynasty 30
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
49.28a (Scarab): 7/8 × 1 5/8 × 2 1/2 in. (2.2 × 4.2 × 6.4 cm)
49.28b (Wing): 3/16 × 1 3/8 × 3 13/16 in. (0.5 × 3.5 × 9.7 cm)
49.28c (Wing): 3/16 × 1 5/16 × 3 13/16 in. (0.5 × 3.3 × 9.7 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Winged Scarab, ca. 712-342 B.C.E. Faience, 49.28a (Scarab): 7/8 × 1 5/8 × 2 1/2 in. (2.2 × 4.2 × 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.28a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 49.28a_SL1.jpg)
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