A pristine Egyptian steatite scarab with highly decorated front. Underneath is decorated with a cobra and an ankh. Suspension through the centre for attachment to a necklace to be worn for daily life.
Egyptian steatite scarabs became very popular after the First Intermediate Period replacing cylinder seals and buttons. These were commonly inscribed with the names of Pharaohs. By the time the New Kingdom came around steatite scarabs were being used for high officials and the elite.
Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, Mid Second Millennium BCE.
Excellent condition, no damage, no repair.
Ex. Collection: Henry Wallis RWS, 1830 - 1916.