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Antique Egyptian Lapis Carved Scarab Intaglio Signet Leaping Horse Stamp bead

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Seller: noah_chest (184) 100%, Location: default, NO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183282707720 R803 Original Authentic old Lapis carved in a shape of ancient amulet scarab. With depicts knight horse on the bottom . What did scarab amulets mean to the ancient Egyptians? Symbolizing eternal life and rebirth, scarab beetles held great religious power and protective abilities. Kephri, the scarab-headed god, rolled the sun across the sky each day, where it died at night and was reborn in the morning. Scarabs also embodied the cycle of creation due to the 'magical' way the beetles produce offspring, which you can read more about below. Scarab amulets would lend the sacred beetle's power to the wearer. They offered a person magical protection against the dangers of this world, as well as those of the next. By design, scarab amulets were made to look like a scarab beetle. They could be worn as jewelry or chiseled into tomb walls. How were scarab amulets used? People drew scarab symbols on tomb walls. They made decorations out of them. Most of all, they made scarab-shaped protective amulets out of gold or precious gems and stones, or simply out of painted clay. They could be worn as jewelery. Often amulets were buried with a mummy. The amulet was placed over the mummy's heart, with a magic, protective spell inscribed on the back of it. When a person died, their heart was heart weighed by Ma'at, the goddess of truth. If the heart was found to be heavy with sin, they could not go on to the afterlife. If, however, it was found to be light, they could safely move on. The scarab beetle offered protection against the weighing of the heart ritual. It would be placed over the deceased heart to convince Ma'at that they were good and that they deserved her mercy.

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