London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
SEVEN EGYPTIAN GLASS AND FAIENCE SCARABS
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.
Comprising an iridescent blue glass flat scarab with detailed legs and wing-case; and six other naturalistic blue and green glass or glassy faience scarabs
1 3/16 in. (3 cm.) long max. (7)
The Groppi Collection, Switzerland; gifted by Dr. Keimer in 1954-1955.
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In ancient Egypt, the scarab, or dung beetle, was known as khepri, 'that which came into being', and was a powerful symbol of regeneration and transformation. Rolling their dung-ball, they were seen as the sun-god navigating the skies.
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