About this object

Scarab carved from amethyst (very pale blue and pure in colour) with details clearly shown. Elytron (wing cases) are marked with vertical hatch line pattern, sugesting a later date than the Middle Kingdom. Rather like a naturalistic style scarab but has a plain base. Pierced through the length.

A number is marked in black on the base of the scarab, only the first numbers are legible and read "12.583" or "12.585", the number below is illegible.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    6 mm x 9 mm x 12 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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