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EA1541

An Egyptian Scaraboid of a Grasshopper, New Kingdom, 1539-1077 BC

A rare depiction of Senehem, the sacred grasshopper, well defined features and crisp hieroglyphs beneath that read: Amen-Ra.

Amulets such as this example were carefully and naturalistically shaped. Because of the reproductive qualities of this insect, the amulet probably bestowed fertility, although its swarming behavior may have also have led to connotations of plenty or riches. Utterances have also suggested that the locust's or grasshoppers form suggesting that the amulet had purely a funerary function. 

Condition:  Intact and in good condition overall. 

Dimensions:  Length: 0.43 inch (1.09 cm).

Provenance:  ex. Harold Opetz, ex. Michael Abemayor, N.Y.C, on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University, Atlanta GA 2005 - 2015, loan number: L2005.008.011.

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