New Kingdom, c. 1550-1069 BC. Egyptian. Steatite scarab. Well modelled scarab design on one side complete with detailed legs, and abstract patterns on the rear with the nfr hieroglyph representing perfection or beauty and an ankh representing life. This does not write out a word or sentence, but instead values the signs as individual symbols rather than characters. There is a suspension hole through the body for wearing as jewellery.
Size: L:23mm / W:21mm ; 10g
Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.