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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.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Faience, glazed
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 712-342 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY second half of XXV Dynasty-XXX Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period-Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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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