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)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Light blue faience scarab (A) with separate wings (B&C). Base of scarab uninscribed and pierced seven times for attachment, wings of body grooved, forepart of body outlined in purple glaze (mostly lost), body and legs in very high relief. Each wing pierced three times. Details of wings inlaid in dark purple glaze on upper surface. Under surface of wing C has unfinished incised wing design.
Condition: Intact. Purple glaze inlay considerably deteriorated. Scattered specks of gold over surface of wings.
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