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Egyptian Steatite Royal Scarab for Thutmose III

Lot 0115
**Originally Listed At $200**

Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1479 to 1425 BCE. A tan stone steatite beetle of a relatively naturalistic form, notched wing case, the base inscribed with Royal cartouche flanked by cobra Uraei - for Thutmose III (sometimes Thutmosis or Tuthmosis III or Thothmes in older texts, meaning "Thoth is born"). Perforated for suspension to use as a pendant. Size: .625" L (1.6 cm)

Scarabs were important symbols in ancient Egypt, as the beetle was believed to represent a divine manifestation of the morning sun, the deity Khepri, whose name was comprised of the scarab hieroglyph and was understood to roll the morning sun disk over the eastern horizon precisely at daybreak. Amulets of the scarab were immensely popular for over a thousand years in ancient Egypt, as the scarab was a symbol with immense staying power, akin to that of the Christian cross. Scarabs were worn and carried by the living, and by the time of the Late Period, they had also become part of the increasingly elaborate ensemble of items placed with the deceased for their eternal protection. The blue hues of the faience were intended to symbolize the regenerative powers of the Nile.

Provenance: private Kevin Dorn collection

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Egyptian Steatite Royal Scarab for Thutmose III

Auction ended on Mon, Feb 26, 2018
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