A fine Egyptian Scarab for Seti I, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1294 BC to 1279 BC

Pierced longitudinally for suspension, the scarab is finely carved from steatite then fired with a fine blue/green glaze, the back has a single suture, the back has a single suture and pronotum lines with markings on the elytra.  The legs are naturalistically carved and deeply incised. The base decoration, oriented vertically, is beautifully incised with the throne name of Seti I, "The Lord of the Two Lands, MenMa'atRe", meaning 'Eternal is the Justice of Re'.  Mounted in an antique 14K gold ring, ca. 1920's that emulates ancient design, the bezel swivels by means of two wires that pass through the scarab perforation and then loop at the end of the hoop.

Background:  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. In this piece, the theme of resurrection is enforced by the green glaze, as in the ancient Egyptian culture the color green represented new life and rebirth.

Condition:  The scarab is intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions:   US ring size: 6.5  (UK:  N, German: 17:  Swiss:  14)

Provenance:   Private California collection, acquired in the early 1970's


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