Winged funerary scarab
Late Period, Dynasty 30 (?)
Findspot: Egypt, Dendara
Height: 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This funerary amulet is in the form of a winged scarab. It is a composite of three pieces: a central scarab beetle and two attachable wings. It is made of faience with greenish-blue glaze that is heavily worn especially on top surfaces. Details remain fairly clear on most surfaces, however, and glaze toward the front remains intact. There is a heavy presence of brown discoloration on areas of wear. The wings each have six holes for stringing to mummy bandages and to the central element, while the scarab is pierced medially.
From Dendara. 1898: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA at the general meeting of the EEF.
(Accession Date: November 1, 1898)
Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription