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Amulet of scarab beetle
664-332 B.C.E.


Late Period

Faience (glazed composition)
H: 8.0 W: 5.8 D: 1.0 cm
Egypt

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1908.81

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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 (c. 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.