Necklace, faience, 'winged scarab' pectoral

Production date
747 BCE-30 BCE
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Object Detail

Egyptian blue faience, winged or flying scarab beetle strung on faience bead necklace. Beads are cylindrical and round, with twelve threadholes on scarab.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
Production place
L370mm W78.8mm xD5mm
Media/Materials description
Faience, glazed
History and use
The large ‘winged scarab’ is a funerary type of scarab, made of blue glazed faience.

The central scarab has a flat, uninscribed underside and coarse indication of scarab beetle markings with no indication of the legs. The attached wings represent those of a falcon, with poorly modelled feathers. Several holes are pierced at irregular intervals around the edge of the central piece, suggesting it was originally stitched on to mummy wrappings over the chest or incorporated into a mummy bead net.

Several indications suggest this piece has been contrived for the tourist market in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Each wing has a different appearance to the other, suggesting that one is from a different object. The piece has been strung on a necklace of blue cylindrical faience beads, to comprise a necklace.

This object was donated to the Museum in 1904, and was collected from Deir el-Bahri, Thebes, Egypt and likely dates to the Late Period to Ptolemaic (c 747-30 BC).
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