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LOT 0043

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GBP (£) 1,000 - 1,400
EUR (€) 1,180 - 1,650
USD ($) 1,210 - 1,700

Opening Bid
£900 (EUR 1,062; USD 1,093) (+bp*)

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EGYPTIAN SCARAB WITH HIEROGLYPHS
SECOND INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, 1664-1569 B.C.

A stone scarab with stylised anatomical detailing to the head and legs, slender scrolling flourishes to the carapace, pierced for suspension; the exquisitely carved base decorated with a ‘rope’ border surrounding three vertical registers; the left and right registers comprising the same mirrored group of the following signs: nefer, rearing cobra, mouth, rearing cobra, and oars; the central register beginning with a nefer sign flanked by throw sticks(?), and then followed by a group comprising two upraised arms (ka), two outstretched arms, a water sign, a sedge plant, a seated figure, and a nub (gold) sign; accompanied by a custom-made display stand. 1 in. (1 3/4 in.) (4.2 grams, 24 mm (16 grams total, 46 mm high including stand)).

PROVENANCE:
Acquired in the 1990s.
Property of of a London gentleman.
Property of a Cambridgeshire, UK, gentleman.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Ben-Tor, D., Scarabs, Chronology, and Interconnections – Egypt and Palestine in the Second Intermediate Period, Göttingen, 2007, pp.78, 81-82, for a discussion of the key design elements.

FOOTNOTES:
The use of confronted cobras, ka signs with a double horizontal line, and a sedge plant used informally, are indicative of scarabs of the Second Intermediate Period that occur within Egypt as well as sites outside, such as Canaan and Palestine, where they were copied.

CONDITION