A very fine Egyptian Wedjat scaraboid, early Dynasty 18, ca. 1550 - 1490 BC

This rare and very fine scaraboid from the beginning of the 18th Dynasty features a high back with beautifully carved wedjat eye and the underside is carved with a charming long-eared hare.  Pierced for suspension, it has been finely glazed in pale green.

As a desert dweller, the hare was credited with regenerative powers, but its swiftness of movement and keen senses were also well known; it was even believed to sleep with its eyes open. Its fecundity, of course, was proverbial. Thus a hare amulet could be worn in life to endow its wearer with fertility or rapidity of movement, or in death with the hope of rebirth. This symbolism probably underlies the wedjat eye scaraboid with the long-eared hare incised on the underside.

Bibliography:Andrews, C. Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (London, 1994) p.64

Dimensions: Length:  1/2 inch (1.27 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Private Virginia collection by descent to granddaughter, acquired in the 1920s.


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