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Human-head scaraboid
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05861
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleHuman-head scaraboid
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-664 / -525
  • PeriodSait Period (Egypt > Late Period)
  • MaterialFaience (Earth > Clay > Ceramics > Earthenware)
  • DimensionsHeight: 2,05 cm, Width: 1,6 cm, Depth: 0,9 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The production of scaraboids with human face, in faience, seems to appear in the Ramessid Period and lasts until the Late Period. The base shows a number of hieroglyphs, from top to bottom: the sign “pA”, the arm “di” and some damaged signs, among them “mn”. They probably form the name of a person beginning with “pA-di-…”. Such names have been attested on scarabs from the 23rd-26th dynasties, when several pharaohs with this name ruled. The scaraboid was possibly produced in the workshop of Naucratis, in the Delta (late 7th-6th century).