Egyptian New Kingdom (1550 – 1070 BC) carnelian scarab amulet in a silver mount

Egyptian New Kingdom (1550 – 1070 BC) carnelian scarab amulet in a silver mount

SKU: J160
$250.00Price

 

Egyptian New Kingdom (1550 – 1070 BC) carnelian scarab amulet in a silver mount

 

Material: Carnelian, cut and pierced in antiquity; modern sterling silver mount; kangaroo leather necklace.

 

Period of manufacture: 1550 - 1070 BC (New Kingdom Egypt).

 

Weight of the stone: 0.57gm

 

Provenance of the carnelian: From an English collection and acquired before 2000.

 

Stock no: J160

 

Comments:

Amulets were widely used in ancient Egypt and large numbers of them have survived. Their purpose was to provide protection to the wearer. The scarab beetle is the emblem of Khepri, the god of the morning sun. A scarab amulet therefore represents the creation and renewal of life. For example, heart scarabs were placed on mummies to protect and preserve them for their role in the next life. The purpose of this little scarab amulet was probably to protect the wearer in this life. Most likely it was once just one piece of a more complex piece of jewellery.

 

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