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Scarab
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05618b
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1295 / -1069 (uncertain)
  • Period20th dynasty (Egypt > New Kingdom)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,3 cm, Width: 0,9 cm, Depth: 0,5 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this small scarab shows a true ‘horror vacui’ of motifs reminiscent of models from the Middle Kingdom. Above, a figure is flanked by two birds, in the middle there is a pair of “wdjat” eyes and the lower part of the composition contains several hieroglyphs (“h”, the solar disk, ducks). The morphology of the scarab does not exclude a Ramessid date.