About this object

Green glazed steatite scarab seal finely decorated on one side with details of the wings, human head and legs, hollow design, very finely carved. The other side is inscribed with two 'nefer' signs on each side of a spiral pattern. It is pierced through the length for suspension. Not sure if the hollow design is ancient, holes between the legs may be a modern addition suggested by steatite powder coming out of the holes from the drilling?

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Second Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1600 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    13.5 mm x 9.5 mm x 6.5 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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