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Egyptian Scarab in an 18 Karat Gold Ring - FJ.5115A
Origin: Israel
Circa: 1600 BC to 1100 BC

Collection: Egyptian Antiquities
Medium: Steatite and Gold

$3,400.00
Location: United States
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The scarab beetle of ancient Egypt is an emblem of the creator Kheper. The word “Kheper” denotes being, existence, creation or becoming and the god Khepera is the self-existent maker of all things. By far the most important amulet in ancient Egypt was the scarab, symbolically as sacred to the Egyptians as the cross is to Christians. Based upon the dung beetle, this sacred creature forms a ball of dung around its semen and rolls it in a large ball over the sand dropping it into its burrow. The female lays her eggs on the ground and covers them with the excrement ball that is consumed by the larvae that emerge in the following days as if miraculously reborn. In the life cycle of the beetle, the Ancient Egyptians envisioned a microcosm of the daily rebirth of the sun. They imagined the ancient sun god Khepri was a great scarab beetle rolling the sun across the heavens. The scarab also became a symbol of the enduring human soul as well, hence its frequent appearance in funerary art. - (FJ.5115A)

 

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