Scarab (base)

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from Gaza, Palestine

Postcard of Scarab (base).
© National Museums Scotland

Scarab (base)

A scarab is an ancient Egyptian amulet in the form of a dung beetle, symbolic of regeneration. As time went on, scarabs developed into use as personal seals. This example of glazed steatite was found at Gaza in Palestine. It dates from the 2nd Intermediate Period or early New Kingdom (around 1759 to 1295 BC).

This picture shows the base of the scarab. It has been engraved with a gazelle and a palm branch.

The people in the eastern delta of Egypt and southern Palestine had close links with each other, both personal and trading. In addition, Egypt provided refuge to Palestinians in times of trouble. Many servants and labourers in Egypt came from Palestine and Syria.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-224-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1938.271
Date: 2nd Intermediate Period or early New Kingdom (around 1759 to 1295 BC)
2nd Intermediate Period, 15th - 16th Dynasty
Dimensions: 0.50" L
What: Scarab
Subject: Scarabs
Where: Ancient Egypt, Palestine, Gaza
Description: Scarab, decayed glazed steatite, inscribed on base with a recumbent gazelle: Palestinian, from Gaza, Ancient Egyptian, 2nd Intermediate Period or early New Kingdom
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