An Egyptian Green-Glazed Scarab
Middle Kingdom ca. 1502-1482 BC. Pierced longitudinally for suspension, the scarab is finely-carved from steatite then fired with a blue/green glaze, the back has a single suture and pronotum lines with markings on the elytra; legs are naturalistically carved and deeply incised; base decoration, oriented vertically, is beautifully incised with formed text. The entire inscription is surrounded by a single line. 5/8"L (1.5 cm).
Provenance: Ex-private Californian Collection acquired from Superior Stamp and Coin in 1970 and then by descent.
Small loss to the right side of the base that does not impact the inscription, wear marks to the sides and a small loss to the head but overall intact and in very good condition.