Timeless are pleased to offer this extremely fine condition late-period Egyptian Scarab Amulet, dating from 664 -332 B.C.E.
The crocodile was a sacred animal to the Ancient Egyptians. The crocodile-headed god, Sobek, represented military might and the power of the Pharaoh, and crocodiles were regularly mummified to act as offerings to Sobrek. In fact, along with crocodiles, the Egyptians are known to have mummified dogs, cats, foxes, gazelles, baboons, monkeys, horses, lions, goats, and even shrews.
These particular Nile Crocodiles can be found on the base of a Scarab beetle. 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. The particular species worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, Scarabaeus sacer, was associated with the god Kephri and represented rebirth and eternal life.
Finely carved in glazed composition, this 2500yr old amulet measures 10mm along its length.
Now available in the Timeless Galleries.
Please note the size of Ancient Egyptian amulets - they were originally intended to be worn as charms, or tucked into bedding or clothing, and are consequently small in size.
EGYPTIAN SCARAB WITH CROCODILES
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019. Previously forming part of the Igor Karmiloff Collection (1915 - 2016), UN economist and author of Flashback, Icons of Impermanence. Originally acquired in the 1950s to early 1960s.