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Scarab
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.02565
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Tell el-Yahudiya (Africa > North Africa > Egypt > Lower Egypt (region) > Ash Sharqiyah (governorate))
  • Date-1700 / -1640
  • PeriodSecond Intermediate Period (Egypt)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,8 cm, Width: 1,2 cm, Depth: 0,7 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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Vertical composition with hieroglyphs in three registers. Above, a papyrus plant with two hanging branches and below the two Red Crowns of Lower Egypt on either side of a protecting “sA” hieroglyph. In the middle a sequence of hieroglyphs without any semantic meaning: the arm “a”, de mouth “r” and the “nfr” sign. Though only two signs are present, this combination of signs assigns the scarab to so-called the anra-type, which was particularly popular during the Middle Bronze Age II. Both the design and morphology of the scarab point towards Canaanite production (ca. 1700-1640).