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* An Egyptian Lotus Stamp Seal, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1070 BCE

EA1605

green glazed faience dome with stylized lotus blossom incised on exterior and pierced for suspension, base with incised text that reads: "Amun-Re" with a neb-basket filling the semicircular space at one end.

This kind of stamp could be used as seal, for example, to press into wet clay at the lid of a jar or to mark documents.  In ancient Egypt, many amulets, seals and ornaments were made incorporating scarabs or in the shape of a scarab.  The scarab beetle was considered sacred and was personified by Khepri, a sun god associated with resurrection.

Dimensions: Length: 1 1/8 inches (2.9 cm)

Condition: Minor firing discoloration, expected surface deposits,  intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: Private collection of Rose Henke, St Louis, MO acquired from Susette Khayat in 1966 and then by descent.


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