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Faience scarab: E.27.1904

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Faience scarab




Faience scarab inscribed, with hieroglyphic signs on the base. At the top is an image of a hawk representing Horus and below are two leopard heads reading 'strength'. The scarab is pierced through the centre. It is mouldmade.

This large scarab is naturally designed and nearly without damages except two tiny ones on each side of the base. A single rolling line forms the partition of elytra and protorax, as well as a single line divides the elytra and forms the suture. The humeral callosities are shown the left one is abraded. The head is trapezoidal, eyes are clearly indicated. The clypeus is large and well defined with four lobes. The legs are modeled in high relief, plain, highly arched and meet shortly before the junction of elytra and protorax. The scarab is sitting on a base (0.002m).

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.015 m
Length: 0.032 m
Width: 0.023 m

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: The base shows a Horus - falcon incised in very deep sunken relief. The falcon which takes the upper two thirds of the base is written in hieroglyphic manner. In the lower part there are two leopard- or pantherheads facing each other. The inscription is encircled by a single line.

  • Text: Hr-pH.ty (or Hr)
  • Location: Base
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.27.1904
Primary reference Number: 50852
Oldadmincategory: SC
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 21 June 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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