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Scarab with hieroglyphs and spirals
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05385
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab with hieroglyphs and spirals
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1850 / -1650
  • Period13th dynasty (Egypt > Middle Kingdom)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,9 cm, Width: 1,4 cm, Depth: 0,8 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this scarab shows the hieroglyphs “kA” (soul) and “ra” (Ra), surrounded by four ‘Z’-shaped spirals placed in ovals. This composition is attested on scarabs from the late Middle Kingdom (late 12-13th dynasty) and this dating seems to be confirmed by the morphology of the scarab.