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By far the most important amulet in ancient Egypt was the scarab, symbolically as sacred to the Egyptians as the cross is to Christians.

The underside of the abdomen, or flat side, of the scarabs was usually inscribed with the names of pharaohs and officials, private names, magical mottos, formulae, volute designs and other patterns, images of deities, sacred animals, and religious symbols.

Scarabs were a common form of "charm" which everyone could afford and easily wear strung on a cord on their person. Most scarabs were made for the living. The small magical object was believed imbued with particular protective powers that warded off evil and provided good things for the owner for this life and also for the next, particularly when sewn to mummy wrappings.

Although scarabs are known from the earliest periods, it is in the 12th dynasty that their use as seals became common. The great majority of scarab seals were quite small, generally measuring around three-quarters of an inch long by half-an-inch wide and about a quarter of an inch high.

It is my pleasure to present to you the following scarabs.  Some have been translated and all are a wonderful piece of history.

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Egyptian Heart Scarab, Serpentine, 18th - 20th Dynasties, 1550 - 1070 B.C.
  length:    43.18 mm (1.7 inches)
  width:     28.91 mm (1.14 inches)

A beautiful dark green hard-stone heart scarab.  This large scarab would have been wrapped in the bandages of the mummy over the decedent's heart.  Then, during the weighing of the heart, it would not confess to any of the wrongs committed by the deceased.  You can still see some traced of the mummy wraps attached to this scarab.  

The detail is sharp, surfaces are smooth.  A wonderful specimen..  It would make a fine addition to any collection.  

$995.00

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Marble naturalistic scarab

Egyptian Protective Scaraboid, Steatite, Lower Egypt/Canaanite, 18th - 19th dynasty
  length:  16.91 mm (.666 inches)
  width:   11.60 mm (.456 inches)

Clean strong detailed hieroglyphs on this piece.  Base broken on one end and reattached.

$125.00

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Marble naturalistic scarab

Egyptian Heart Scarab, Granite, Lower Egypt, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, 688 - 30 B.C.
  length:  24.97 mm (.983 inches)
  width:   18.63 mm (.733 inches)


Nice granite heart scarab in the naturalistic style with legs tucked underneath.  Like the previous specimen, this scarab would have been wrapped in the bandages of the mummy over the heart helping the decedent to pass into the underworld.

 

$365.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Hyksos,Tell el-Ajjul
  length:  24.94 mm (.982 inches)
  width:   18.04 mm (.71 inches) 

This important piece features a a man facing right, wearing a wig and kilt, raising his arm. Nb (neb) below and multiple glyphs surrounding.  Piece is a bit rough. 

Providence: Part of a old collection in Beirut, collected in the 1950s.

$245.00

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Scarab, Marble, Archaic, 4th - 2nd century BC, Syria
  length:  18.5 mm
  width:   15.5 mm 

 



Man kneeling to the Gods?  Nice marble stone makes this a nicer piece.

 

 

Providence: Part of a old collection in Beirut, collected in the 1950s.

$245.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Lower Egypt/Canaanite, 18th - 19th dynasty
  length:  15.89 mm (.625 inches)
  width:   11.09 mm (.436 inches)

 What appears like a plant ("n") separates the central elements of a winged scarab (kheper) and two nsw (nesew).
 This can be translated to be everlasting life to the "king of Lower Egypt".   

ex. Part of a hoard unearthed in Palestine and southern Israel, legally exported through Jerusalem.

$245.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Lower Egypt, New Kingdom Dynasties, 1570 - 1070 B.C.
  length:  16.10 mm (.633 inches)
  width:   11.75 mm (.462 inches)


Man left, woman right, standing side by side.  Nice pictorial type scarab common to Lower Egypt and Palestine. 

$215.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Lower Egypt/Canaanite, 18th - 19th dynasty
  length:  19.21 mm (.756 inches)
  width:   12.83 mm (.505 inches)

Falcon (representing the ruler Horus) with Uraeus in front and behind, all inside a rope boarder.

Nice piece with good style.  A bit of original glaze on side and minor chip to rope boarder.

ex. Part of a hoard unearthed in Palestine and southern Israel, legally exported through Jerusalem.

$245.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Lower Egypt/Canaanite, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, 688 - 30 B.C.
  length:  18.20 mm
  width:   13.46 mm 

Grass field over the back of an Ibex looking back over his shoulder.  Nice pictorial specimen with smooth surfaces.

ex. Part of a hoard unearthed in Palestine and southern Israel, legally exported through Jerusalem.

$185.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Canaanite, Late Period, 688 - 30 B.C.
  length:  13.79 mm
  width:     9.70 mm 


Petite pictorial scarab of Sphinx.  Good budget-friendly specimen.

$115.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Lower Egypt/Canaanite, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, 688 - 30 B.C.
  length:  16.53 mm
  width:   12.07 mm 


Man seated facing right wearing Uraeus headdress with feather. Papyrus fan under Ra and Neb below.  Beautiful scarab with exceptional detail and carving.

$295.00

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Scarab, Steatite, New Dynasties, Thothmes III (1479 - 1425 B.C.
  length:  17.01 mm
  width:   13.18 mm 

Scarab with ureaus on each side (protection of everlasting life/rebirth) under cartouche "Ra Men Kheper) under [-bent arm and line] ma'at [foot] Ra. Transliterated to mean: "The good God, Lord of the two lands" and Ra Men Kheper"

Attribution: Ben Tor's "The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt", page 50 #12 with same inscription
 

ex. Part of a hoard unearthed in Palestine and southern Israel, legally exported through Jerusalem.

$345.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Upper Egyptian/Palestine, 20th - 24th dynasty, 1182 - 715 BC
  length:  12.5 mm
  width:   10.1 mm 

Two opposing figures seated with solar disk and "nb" above each; pillar in between; above is winged disk.

Well formed smaller scarab.  Could use some careful cleaning but nice overall.

Providence: Part of a old collection in Beirut, collected in the 1950s.

$165.00

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Scarab, Steatite, New Kingdom Dynasties, 1570 - 1070 B.C.
  length:  14.86 mm
  width:   10.46 mm 

The water could be the the Nile and the the scarab (kheper) represents everlasting life.  The Crown of lower Egypt and the eye of Horus complete the hieroglyphs.  This could be transliterated to " Everlasting life for the Pharaoh, King of Egypt.

ex. Part of a hoard unearthed in Palestine and southern Israel, legally exported through Jerusalem.

$345.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Hyksos,Tell el-Ajjul
  length:  14.82 mm
  width:   10.67 mm 


A budget friendly scarab with geometric design. I believe it is a lotus flower but I am open to other interpretations.


 

$145.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Canaanite, New Kingdom Dynasties, 1570 - 1070 B.C.
  length:  12.08 mm
  width:    9.12 mm 

Lovely petite specimen with stylized Hathor and dual uraeus (cobra).  Could translate to "protect the life of the Pharaoh".  

 

$165.00

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Scarab, Steatite, New Kingdom Dynasties, 1570 - 1070 B.C.
  length:  11.60 mm
  width:    8.20 mm 

Very sharp petite scarab with a strong message to honor the Pharaoh. "Ra Ma'at ureaus neb". This translates to "The lord of truth, the pharaoh of Lower Egypt"

 

$285.00

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Scarab, Steatite, New Kingdom Dynasties, 1570 - 1070 B.C.
  length:  12.96 mm
  width:     8.72 mm 

Another lovely small scarab, this one has some of its original glaze still present.  "neb s3 "arm" neb nbw. "The lord gives gold/wealth"


$285.00

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Scarab, Steatite, New Kingdom Dynasties, 1570 - 1070 B.C.
  length:  16.93 mm
  width:   11.90 mm 


Ma'at lower crown with nfr,  Ma'at Horus with nfr, lower crown. Translates to: "Twice good luck and truth in Horus and the crown of Lower Egypt".

$295.00

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Scarab, Steatite, Upper Egyptian/Palestine, VERY Late Dynasty, 1940 - 1960 A.D.
  length:  14.71 mm
  width:   11.07 mm 

This tall and unusual scarab was found in an old collection and I bought it to show just one example of what I believe to be someone's attempt to separate a tourist from his/her savings. The face is almost cartoonish and the stone has never held a glaze. If anyone believes this to be an ancient specimen and can cite documentation to support the position, I would be very interested in seeing the references.  Please click on the "not for sale" link and email me the info.  Thanks.



Providence: Part of a old collection in Beirut, collected in the 1950s.

Not For Sale ... Here.

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