An Egyptian Carnelian "New Year" Scarab, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1295 BCE
carved from fiery carnelian, with suture and pronotum lines on the back, the base inscribed with a Happy New Year inscription: "May the opening of the year be good". Pierced longitudinally for suspension.
Background: Originally functioning as an amulet to be threaded or mounted and acting as a charm, this scarab had regenerative connotations and focused on the new years ritual.
Reference: cf: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994)
Condition: Hand carved from high-quality carnelian, with traces of wear around the drill hole. A fine example.
Dimensions: Length: 5/8" (2 cm)
Provenance: Acquired in Egypt by Goddard Du Bois (b. 1869 – d. 1925) and Josephine Cook Du Bois (b. 1864 – d. 1961), New York between 1900 and 1907, exhibited Metropolitan Museum of Art (1920-1948). Goddard & Josephine Dubois, husband & wife team, took frequent excursions throughout Egypt between 1900-07. They became experts at assessing ancient Egyptian art and would routinely take their acquisitions to Egyptologist experts of the day for added approval ( Josephine’s handwritten letters while in Egypt referring to meeting Barsanti). Josephine was particularly proud of her collection of necklaces which were loaned & exhibited at Metropolitan Museum New York to open their Egyptian Jewel Gallery in 1920.
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