Scarab

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Title

Scarab

Subject

Ancient Egyption, New Kingdom

Description

This Scarab is a piece of Ancient Egyptian jewelry from the New Kingdom (Dynasty 18, early, ca. 1550–1479 B.C.). It is made out of Egyptian Blue. The rounded side is carved to represent a scarab beetle. The artist included a head and legs, but did not include wings. On the bottom, the artist intricately incised a very detailed image of a scarab beetle within a rope border. A hole was drilled through the Scarab in order for a wire or cord to pass through and make it wearable around the finger. There is also gold lining the hole that was drilled. 

Regardless of its small size, this piece of jewelry represents one of the mightiest Egyption gods of all: Ra, the Sun God. Ra was commonly represented as a man with a scarab beetle head. Wearing this Scarab around your finger would show devotion to Ra and also be a sign of wealth, as only the wealthy could afford to wear such extravagant jewelry.

The best place in Janson’s History of Art to include this Scarab would most likely be in the New Kingdom section of the chapter on Ancient Egypt. It would complement The Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak beautifully because of their spiritual contexts. Another option would be to create a new section in the chapter focused solely on New Kingdom jewelry. The textbook would certainly benefit from this inclusion.

Source

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/547599

Publisher

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Date

Dynasty 18, early, ca. 1550–1479 B.C.

Contributor

Sean Lema, 21'

Rights

Public Domain

Identifier

26.7.575

Coverage

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Hall (C), burial 24, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Egyptian blue, gold

Physical Dimensions

L. 2.5 cm (1 in); w. 1.7 cm (11/16 in); h. 1 cm (3/8 in)

Files

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Citation

“Scarab,” accessed October 17, 2018, http://metsurvey.kenyoncip.org/items/show/54.