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EJ1629

An Egyptian Swivel Ring with Scarab Seal, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BC

A medium to large very finely carved scarab seal in white steatite. The scarab is mounted on a thin bronze wire-ring which is wound together at the front suspension hole of the scarab. The head is extremely well carved, and the elytra bear an unusual V-shaped pattern, where the lines are cut with a succession of small notches, and ending in a small trefoil. The seal-side is decorated with a four-blossomed lotus shown as a cross with one flower in each direction. The hieroglyphic sign nefer is carved in each of the four spaces between the arms on the cross, in opposing directions. Later NK, 19-20 Dynasties (or TIP). 

Dimensions: Ring diameter: 1 1/16 inches (2.7 cm), scarab length: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm)

Condition:  Intact besides some chips to scarab, bronze corroded and fused whereby the scarab will not fully rotate.

Provenance: Private collection of Geoffrey Metz, Egyptologist and curator of Egyptian antiquities at the Gustavianum Museum, Uppsala University, Sweden, acquired between1994 and 1995.

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