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Glazed Scorpion: E.18.1898

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Current Location: Gallery 20


Glazed Scorpion






Faience figure in the form of a scorpion. Possibly a reference to the Scorpion King, who ruled Egypt before Narmer- the first king of Egypt whose name that we know. These animals are both dangerous and protectors. In this royal context they were no doubt the latter. Faience is a glazed material that was mouldmade. It was commonly used in ancient Egypt.

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Length: 4.7 cm
Width: 7 cm

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Method of acquisition: Given (1898)


Early Dynastic Period
About -3000 BC - About -2500 BC

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Accession number: E.18.1898
Primary reference Number: 49559
Oldadmincategory: FG
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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