Scarab with Separate Wings
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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 XXV Dynasty-XXX Dynasty
Third Intermediate Period-Late Period
Scarab: 11/16 x 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (1.8 x 4.2 x 6.3 cm)
Wing: 1 5/16 x 3 3/4 in. (3.4 x 9.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Egyptian. Scarab with Separate Wings, ca. 712-342 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, Scarab: 11/16 x 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (1.8 x 4.2 x 6.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.28a-c. Creative Commons-BY
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