Timeless are pleased to offer this intricately carved late-period Egyptian Scarab Amulet, dating from 664 -332 B.C.E.
The Egyptians (in all their kingdoms) were lovers of the amulet, which they believed to provide protection, promote well-being, and bring good fortune. Amulets were placed under and in their houses, set up in their tombs and temples, tucked into the wrappings of their mummified dead, or like this particular piece, worn on the body as a charm.
Named as 'xpr or ḫpr' by the ancient Egyptians (meaning 'to come into being'), the scarab is actually a dung-beetle of which there are over 30,000 different species! (a huge number. There are only between nine thousand and ten-thousand species of bird in the world, and fewer than seven thousand species of mammal). The particular species worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, Scarabaeus sacer, was associated with the god Kephri and represented rebirth and eternal life.
On the base of this beautiful little piece of history is carved an ancient fighting scene, including a warrior with a bow! Finely carved in hardstone, this 2500yr old amulet measures 17mm along its length.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
EGYPTIAN SCARAB WITH WARRIOR
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019. Previously forming part of an important French collection formed in the early 1960s.