Egyptian Turquoise Faience Amulet Dedicated to Ra

GBP 175.00

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Object Description

A dark turquoise faience Egyptian scarab decorated to the reverse with hieroglyphs. The front features a detailed head and clypeus. The elytra (wing coverings) are divided by an incised vertical line down the centre of the body, whilst a similar horizontal line marks the thorax. The reverse features 4 hieroglyphs, crudely rendered but unmistakeable. The two signs to the top of the scarab, starting left to right, are ‘3, described as wooden column and translating as ‘great’. The second sign transliterates as ‘ntr’ and represents cloth on a pole. It translates as ‘god’. There is a circular sun disk underneath, representing the god Ra. Thus, together they form the phrase ‘Great god, Ra’.

The piece is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1550 – 1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom

Object History

Ex private London based collection, AH, formerly in English family collections acquired from the 1920s – 1990s.

Object Condition

Excellent. Very clear and precise hieroglyphs

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:0.8 x H:1.2 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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