Timeless are pleased to offer an amazing collection of six late-period Egyptian Scarab Amulets, dating from 664 -332 B.C.E.
The scarabs are all under a centimeter in length (the smallest being only 6mm), some of which have been pierced for suspension and used as beads.
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.
Several of these enigmatic two-and-a-half thousand year old amulets display hieroglyphs to the base. A readymade collection of artefacts from Ancient Egypt - now available in the Timeless Galleries.
EGYPTIAN SCARAB COLLECTION
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019. Previously forming part of an important French collection formed in the early 1960s.