Winged scarab

Late Period, Dynasty 25
740–660 B.C.


(a) Length x width: 7.3 x 5.0 cm; (b) and (c) Length x width: 6.3 x 4.1 cm (each)

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On View

Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery (Gallery 104)


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

Molded scarab of blue glassy faience, with separate wings, of a type that was mass-produced in the first millennium BC. Flat and schematically modeled, it was intended to be incorporated into a beadwork mummy shroud. Mounted together with fabric backing.


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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way