The ancient Egyptians believed that the dung beetle, the Scarabaeus sacer, was one of the manifestations of the sun god Kheper, who, like the scarab, was believed to be self created. Representations of these beetles were used as amulets, as well as for ritual or administrative purposes. This naturalistic scarab of pale green feldspar was produced to be placed in the wrappings of a mummy for amuletic purposes. The back of the scarab is high, with an incised partition between pronotum (dorsal plate of the prothorax) and elytron (wing cases). Both parts have incised borderlines, a slightly curved partition line, and a double division line between the wing cases. The scarab is a funerary amulet with regenerative function, and was wrapped within the mummy bandages.
Judging from the style, it was set as a ring in 14K gold during the late 19th century at the height of the grand tour period echoing ancient design popular during Egypt's 18th Dynasty.
Dimensions: Scarab measures 0.73" (1.85 cm) x 0.55" (1.4 cm), US ring size 6, UK ring Size L, EU ring Size: 51 1/2.
Condition: The scarab is intact and in excellent condition overall, one side of the gold ring shank missing decorative gold coiling otherwise also in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private US collection, late 19th century and then by descent.