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Double scarab
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05590f
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleDouble scarab
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1295 / -656
  • Period23rd dynasty (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 0,9 cm, Width: 0,7 cm, Depth: 0,4 cm
  • OwnerMusées royaux d'art et d'histoire/Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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Double scarabs consisting of two small scarabs longitudinally connected to each other and with an individual decoration on their bases, appear from Middle Kingdom onwards, but flourished in the New Kingdom. The two scarabs of this example show the same composition: the falcon “Hr” behind the life sign “ankh”. Behind the bird, more hieroglyphs: possibly the snake “dj” and the sign “t”, forming “dj.t” (‘eternal’). The composition can be read as “ankh Hr dj.t” (‘[may] Horus lives forever’). Scarabs with this wish were produced in the Ramessid Period and the Third Intermediate Period (19th-25th dynasty).