Winged scarab pectoral
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Place of Origin: Egypt
Height x width x depth: 5.4 x 12.5 x 0.8 cm (2 1/8 x 4 15/16 x 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Out on Loan
On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2020
Pectoral of bright blue faience with heavy glaze. Composite piece of three parts to form a winged scarab beetle; assembled via three holes in each wing and six holes in central beetle component. Incised detailing on all parts; lower faces flat and undetailed. Intact.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way