Carnelian Scarab Amulet
A beautiful Egyptian scarab amulet made in bright carnelian. The front depicts the classic scarab design with divided wings and a detailed head. The amulet has been left free of hieroglyphs and has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.
The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular depiction in Ancient Egypt. It was thought to represent the sun god Ra. As the sun travels across the sky from day to night, the ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the dessert mirrored this analogy. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, they became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. The use of carnelian as a material also links to the sun god Ra, it’s fiery color providing a further link to the solar cult.
New Kingdom, 18th to 20th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1077 BC. Private Collection.