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* A rare Egyptian Basalt Scarab, Late Period, 664 - 332 BCE

EA1615

Finely carved from hard stone basalt, the scarab features a superbly carved head, eyes, clypeus plate, pro-thorax, wing cases, with double incised line border; the legs at the sides are all anatomical articulated with fine attention to detail. Underneath the legs are folded into a raised outline border that separated the base into two sections.

Basalt, a black or greyish-black igneous rock, occurs in a number of localities within Egypt including the Eastern Desert and in Baharia Oasis and Sinai. It was particularly used for heart scarabs and Late Period amulets. 

Condition:   Intact and in excellent condition overall. 

Dimensions:  Length: 5/8 inch (21 mm)

Provenance:  Kurt Cohn, private collection London, d. ~1985, acquired in the 1950s.



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