Scarab

Egyptian
Late Period (?)
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street 7400, tomb 7420

Dimensions

Length x width x height: 1.8 x 1.4 x 1 cm (11/16 x 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

25.1780

Medium or Technique

Glazed steatite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Scarab with much of the blue glaze worn away.The base is incised with a figural scene depicting an animal-headed deity (possibly Thoth) holding a scepter, fronted by a uraeus cobra who faces away. The scarab is pierced for suspension.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Street 7400, tomb 7420. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition