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Scarab

Artist: Maker unknown (Egypt)

Date: 3rd-1st Century BC
Medium: Semi-precious stones and clay
Dimensions:
Box Overall: 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 1/2in. (8.3 x 10.8 x 1.3cm)
Credit Line: Institute Collection
Object number: 85.66.1-6
Label Text
Collectors favored scarabs for reuse in items such as jewelry and as souvenirs. Frederick and Rachel Proctor probably purchased this set as a souvenir during their 1902 trip to Egypt. The large center scarab is made of "Egyptian Blue," a glass frit (powder) that was also used as a pigment. It is pierced with holes and would have originally been paired with wings and sewn onto the bandages covering the chest of a mummy. Scarabs were copied even in antiquity. The red carnelian scarab is an Etruscan product from Italy. The dark colored "button" appears to be an early fake scarab.