Funerary scarab

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 6.3 x 4.4 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.3047

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

This faience funerary scarab carries a bright, light blue glaze. Incised details on the back define various components of the beetle’s body and head (with especially pronounced front portion, or clypeus). The base is flat and undecorated. Six holes have been drilled: two on each side, likely for attachment of separate wing components, and one at each end for stringing to mummy wrappings. the scarab was broken and has been mended.

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