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Amulet of scarab beetle

Historical period(s)
Late Period, 664-332 BCE
Faience (glazed composition)
8.0 x 5.8 x 1.0 cm
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Scarab amulets have been excavated in both settlement and cemetery sites and are associated with all levels of the society in ancient Egypt. Beginning with the Middle Kingdom period (ca. 1850 and 1650 BCE) they were often used as administrative seals as is evident by numerous clay impressions produced by personal scarab seals excavated in settlement sites.

To 1908
Ali Arabi, Giza, Egypt, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi, in Cairo, in 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1722, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
C.L. Freer source: Ali Arabi
On View Location
Currently not on view
Faience, Jewelry and Ornament
beetle, Egypt, Late Period (664 - 332 B.C.E.), protection
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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