Large Scarab of Egyptian Blue

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Egyptian Blue
Dimensions: 6.5 cm x 4.5 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 1152
Provenance: Private collection Holland prior to 1980. 2012 in a French auction house, most recently with gallery Archea Ancient Art, Amsterdam.
Condition: Intact
Description: Extraordinarily large scarab of Egyptian blue, which belongs to one of the oldest, synthetically produced color pigments and was used since the 4th dynasty (2639-2504 B.C.). Head, legs and body of the scarab with fine details and six perforations, where the object was attached to the mummy bandage or the mummy net. The scarab, personified by God Chepre, was a symbol of reincarnation.