EGYPTIAN SCARAB BEETLE DRILLED BEAD 110.90 CTS LT-246

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Dimensions (mm) 35 x 25 x 15mm
Weight (carats) 111 carats
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EGYPTIAN SCARAB BEETLE

KHEPER

MADE OF CLAY

SPECIES OF DUNG -BEELTE-ALSO KNOWN AS SCARABAEUS SACER

CAN BE SET AS AN AMULET-OR IN SILVER

DRILLED BEAD

.SIZE: 35 X 25 X 15.5 MM APPROX

WEIGHT:110.90CTS APPROX

It seemed to the ancient Egyptians that the young scarab beetles emerged spontaneously from the burrow were they were born. Therefore they were worshipped as “Khepera”, which means “he was came forth.” This creative aspect of the scarab was associated with the creator god Atum.

The ray-like antenna on the beetle’s head and its practice of dung-rolling caused the beetle to also carry solar symbolism. The scarab-beetle god Khepera was believed to push the setting sun along the sky in the same manner as the bettle with his ball of dung. In many artifacts, the scarab is depicted pushing the sun along its course in the sky.

During and following the New Kingdom, scarab amulets were often placed over the heart of the mummified deceased. These “heart scarabs"were meant to be weighed against the feather of truth during the final judgement. The amulets were often inscribed with a spell from the Book of the Dead which entreated the heart to, “do not stand as a witness against me.”

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