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* An Egyptian Green Diorite Gneiss Scarab, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE

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Found in groups on the chest of Late Period mummies, scarabs such as this example well represent the funerary connotations of the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty. Rendered naturalistically in the round, it is beautifully carved from a pale green diorite gneiss. Here, the darker diorite highlights the clypeus plate. In contrast, the head, pro-thorax, and elytra, benefit from the pale green gneiss, strengthening regenerative associations to assist passage into the afterlife. The legs fold into an incised outline below, which separates the base into two sections. At the center of the highly convex underbelly is a clearly visible horizontal loop so the scarab can be stitched to the mummy wrappings.

For related example in glazed composition, see Andrews, Carol. Amulets of Ancient Egypt Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994. p. 59

Condition: Slightly larger than the usual, the scarab is intact and in excellent condition overall, a lovely example.

Dimensions: Length: 2.2 cm (0.86 inches)

Provenance:  Ex Parker Collection, 1944 thereafter private Californian collection, acquired from the trade in 1970 and then by descent.


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