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An Egyptian Carnelian "New Year" Scarab, 18th  Dynasty, ca. 1550-1295 BC - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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An Egyptian Carnelian "New Year" Scarab, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1295 BC

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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