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EF007

An Egyptian Lotus Stamp Seal, New Kingdom ca 1550-1069 BC

green glazed faience dome with stylized lotus blossom incised on exterior and pierced for suspension, base with incised text that reads: Amun, Lord of Ma’at

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:  3.2cm (1 1/4 inches)

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

Provenance:  Private mid-west collection

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