Seller: wear-the-past (2,024) 99.7%, Location: Salisbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371799960383 This is an ancient Egyptian steatite scarab, dating to the Second Intermediate period c. 1650 - 1550 B.C. This Hyskos example would date to the 16th or early 17th dynasty, boldly cut though worn and showing great age. It has the device of a 'kheper' (Scarab beetle) flanked between two protective 'uraei' (cobras). This design was to provide the wearer divine protection.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". This was a popular amulet, worn as pendants and used on finger rings throughout the Egyptian lands.Today this ancient amulet can be worn as a pendant, either threaded through a necklace or hung from a silver chain.OBJECT: Scarab AmuletCULTURE: Ancient EgyptianDATE: c. 16th - 17th Dynasty (Hyskos) 1650 - 1550 B.C.MATERIAL: SteatiteSIZE: 14.07mm x 10.78mm x 6.58mmWEIGHT: 1.4 gramsPROVENANCE: Ex. private collection of Egyptian jewellery, Kensington. U.K.This 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. 1650 - 1550 B.C.