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An Egyptian Scarab Swivel Ring for Thutmose III, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BC

EJ1734

Pierced longitudinally for suspension, the scarab is finely carved from steatite then fired with a fine blue/green glaze, with a suture of pronotum separation and naturalistically rendered legs above, the base inscribed for Thutmose III.  Mounted in an antique gold ring, the bezel designed to swivel to show off each side of the mounted scarab.

In ancient Egypt, many amulets, seals and ornaments were made incorporating scarabs or in the shape of a scarab.  The scarab beetle was considered sacred and was personified by Khepri, a sun god associated with resurrection.  In this piece, the theme of resurrection is enforced by the green glaze, as in the ancient Egyptian culture the color green represented new life and rebirth.

Dimensions: US ring size 5

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:  Private NY collection, acquired in the 1960's. 



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