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EF1603

A large Egyptian Blue Faience Winged Scarab, Late Period, 664-332 B.C.

Symbolizing self-creation or rebirth, large winged examples were often placed on the chest of the mummified deceased or wrapped inside the bandages over that part of the body this large and impressive winged scarab is in three parts.  Pierced for attachment, t his scarab comprises two finely and beautifully detailed feathered wings on either side of an intricately carved body.  Large winged examples were often placed on the chest of the mummified deceased or wrapped inside the bandages over that part of the body.

Nets made of faience beadwork became a fashionable feature of mummy wrappings in the Late Period. Faience amulets formed part of the beadwork pattern and served to protect the mummy through their magical properties. This scarab is one of the finer examples of such amulets. Considered sacred and personified by the god Khepri, a manifestation of the sun-god specifically at rising (i.e. resurrection) on the morning horizon, it served as a substitute heart that would ensure continued existence in the hereafter.

Dimensions: Height: 3 inches (7.62 cm), width: 8 inches (20 cm)

Condition:  Right wing rejoined with small loss to tip, otherwise the other two pieces are intact and in excellent condition overall. Presented on a museum quality custom mount.

Provenance:  Ex. Bruce Rogers Collection, San Francisco, CA., acquired 1970s, to current owner by inheritance.  An old mount records the object mounted in the 70's using dental wax.  Will be provided with the object.

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