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Winged Scarab Amulet

A work made of faience.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience.

Date:

Late Period, Dynasty 26 (664–525 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

A scarab amulet was often placed over the heart of a mummy to act as its protector. The wings allowed the scarab to join the daily rising and setting of the sun, a cycle that was equated with eternal death and rebirth.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Winged Scarab Amulet

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

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664 BCE–525 BCE

Medium

Faience

Dimensions

Scarab: 5.9 × 3.5 × 0.8 cm (2 3/8 × 1 7/16 × 3/8 in.); Proper Right Wing: 3 × 4.6 × 0.3 cm (1 3/16 × 1 13/16 × 1/8 in.); Proper Left Wing: 3 × 4.7 × 0.3 cm (1 3/16 × 1 7/8 × 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Norman W. Harris

Reference Number

1892.231a-c

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