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Basic Information

Accession Number:1968A319
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt


In Egypt the scarab beetle was a symbol of creation and for the dead it symbolised their new life in the afterworld. This delicate example, made in three pieces, might have been worn threaded together as a piece of jewellery. Alternatively it may have been sewn onto a dress. Like much Egyptian ornament it probably also acted as a magic amulet whether made for the dead or the living.

Presented by Air Commodore E St Clair Harnet, 1968.

Further Information

Production Period:New Kingdom
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:42 mm
Width:131 mm
Depth:16 mm