Seller: wear-the-past (1,915) 100%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371780389320 This is an ancient Egyptian steatite scarab, dating to the Middle Kingdom period c. 2030-1640 B.C. This example is a Hyskos period scarab of the 15th - 17th Dynasty c. 1750 - 1550 B.C. These are defined with geometric designs and well-sculpted bodies.The Scarab was an ancient and magical manifestation of the god Khepri - an early version of Ra the sun god. To the ancient Egyptians the scarab beetle rolled the sun across the sky, its name in ancient Egyptian means "to come into being". The scarab beetle was the most important amulet worn by ancient Egyptians. It was symbolically as sacred to the Egyptians as the cross is to Christians.This scarab is beautifully cut with full anatomic details of the beetle, the underbelly cut with four concentric circles, this motif is associated with 'good luck', likely representing in the sun during the four seasons of the year. This example is intact with a deep patination from at least 3500 of years of burial!Today this ancient amulet can be worn as a pendant, simply hung from a silver chain through the suspension wire.OBJECT: Scarab AmuletCULTURE: Ancient EgyptianDATE: c. 15th - 17th Dynasty (Hyskos) 1750 - 1550 B.C.MATERIAL: SteatiteSIZE: 13.93mm x 9.64mm x 6.30mm (with loop 23.07mm)WEIGHT: 1.5 gramsThis item is guaranteed authentic and dates to the period described. A written guarantee can be provided on request. We accept returns if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Condition: an excellent example, good excavated condition. Part of a private collection formed during the late 70's - mid 80's in Kensington, UK., Type: Amulets, Material: Steatite, Colour: White, Culture: Ancient Egyptian, Date: c. 1750 - 1550 B.C.