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Egyptian Scarab in a Gold Ring - FJ.5102
Origin: Israel
Circa: 1600 BC to 1100 BC

Catalogue: V25
Collection: Egyptian Scarab Rings
Medium: Steatite-Gold

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Mounted in an 18 karat gold ring.

The scarab beetle of ancient Egypt is an emblem of the creator Kheper. The ward "kheper" denotes being, existence, creation or becoming and the god Khepera is the self-existent maker of all things. The worship of the scarab, which is symbolic of resurrection and fertility, dates from the earliest period of civilization in Egypt. It was thought that a sacred beetle rolled the orb of the sun across the sky, and a winged scarab was associated with dawn and rebirth. In the ritual of mummification, a scarab replaced the heart. Carved scarabs served two major functions: as amulets with protective and religious powers and as personal seals which designated the property and authority of the individual whose name was placed upon it. In both cases the power ascribed to the scarab was very great. In life it served as the signature of their owner and w as thought to bring prosperity and in the afterlife it insured continuous re-birth through eternity.

An intricate linear design highlights the under side of this ancient scarab. The center portion of the design is oval in shape, formed by double incised lines. Over these lines two heart shape sections are joined at the point. A straight line runs the length of the design, connecting the three sections together and ending in two short perpendicular lines. Delicate of shape and modeling, this fascinating pattern evidences the creative spirit that flowed from the ancient Egyptian craftsmen. The stylized carved beetle atop the scarab further displays their heightened sensitivity to the natural world. How fortunate we are to be able to enjoy today, this stunning work of ancient Egyptian art.
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