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Scarab with ichneumon
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.06591a
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab with ichneumon
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-747 / -656
  • Period25nd dynasty and contemporaries (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialFaience (Earth > Clay > Ceramics > Earthenware)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,9 cm, Width: 1,4 cm, Depth: 1 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this scarab bears several hieroglyphs: the ichneumon (Egyptian mongoose), the solar disk “ra”, the ostrich feather “maat” and the sign of Heliopolis “iwnw”. This inscription can be interpreted in several ways: ‘Ra of Heliopolis’, ‘Atum-ra of Heliopolis’ or even ‘Amun Ra’. Similar seals date from the 25th dynasty.