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* An Egyptian Feldspar Scarab, Middle Kingdom, ca 2000 - 1730 BC

EM1506

This fine scarab is carved from pale green feldspar, one of the six stones considered most precious by the Egyptians and frequently listed with lapis lazuli and turquoise. Symbolic of new life, this example is pierced longitudinally for attachment, it has suture and pronotum lines on the back.  The base is incised with a striding pharaoh wearing the crowns of upper and lower Egypt and is flanked by rearing uraei.

cf: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994)

Dimensions: Length: 5/8 inch (2 cm)

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, with some deposits remaining on the back.

Provenance:  Private collection, Georgia, assembled during 1980’s-90’s, private CT collection, acquired around 2009 and thereafter, private NYC collection.



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