Carved deep brown hard stone heart scarab, in the form of the dung beetle with incised details, inscribed with several lines of very worn hiero, a spell from the Book of the Dead, and a later ancient double line inscription on the lower portion but also ancient.
Size: 2-1/2”L. x 1-3/4”W. Some ancient surface losses on the top right wing, scattered minor ancient lower edge flakes, otherwise intact. Provenance: Private Brooklyn collection.
Ex. William D. Ashby, California, acquired from Joel Malter sale and in a 1978 auction catalog. Compare, Petrie’s Historical Scarabs, 1889 and The Scarab; A Reflection of Ancient Egypt by Daphna Ben-Tor, The Israel Museum 1983, for the type.
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