Funerary scarab

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–31
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 5.6 x 3.8 cm (2 3/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.1069

Medium or Technique

Steatite?

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

This scarab of chalky-white stone (likely steatite) is in worn and battered condition with remnants of a pale green glaze. It is partly covered by brown incrustation. Incised details appear on the back, while the lower face and base are flat and undecorated. It has been pierced six times for attachment to mummy wrappings and likely also for attachment of additional components shaped as wings.

In ancient Egyptian funerary religion, the winged scarab was an image closely associated with the sun-god and a popular symbol of protection and rebirth.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way