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Scarab with hieroglyphs and spirals
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05371
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab with hieroglyphs and spirals
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1640 / -1500
  • PeriodSecond Intermediate Period (Egypt)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 2,4 cm, Width: 1,7 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 shows a frame of interlocking spirals that run oblique through the central part of the composition. In the empty spaces there are several hieroglyphs, such as “sA” (protection), “nfr” (good) and “kA” (soul). The morphology of the scarab points towards a Canaanite production (ca. 1640-1500).