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* A Phoenician Incised Scaraboid, ca. late 2nd millennium BCE

MA1319

black steatite scaraboid with simplistic incisions to depict wings, head and legs of beetle; two holes for mounting appear at the head and rear end of the scarab. On the underside, a Phoenician scene appears with a palm tree and woman in a stylized dress feeding or petting an animal standing on its hind legs. Her hand can be clearly seen crossing her body and touching the animal's head. The animal's two horns suggest it may be a ram. The woman stands on a small groundline. 

Dimensions: 1.9 cm (0.75 inches) 

Condition: Minor deposits within the incisions from age that add contrast between the black steatite and the markings, piece is intact and in excellent condition overall. 

Provenance: Paul Ilton private collection, acquired prior to 1958.


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