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Scarab: E.117.1920

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Gneis scarab with a nearly rectangular base, inscribed with kryptographic writing of god's name Amun

The reverse is without damage mainly due to the usage of hard stone. The surface is highly polished. The scarab is not transfixed but there is a dimple at the point where the front legs come together. No indication of any transfixion at the back. A crudely done single line forms the partition of elythra and protorax which is deeper cut at the left side. A single line divides the elythra and forms the suture. At the place where the humerale callosities would be expected, two small lines (0.004m long each) run parallel to the single line dividing the elythra (distance 0.001m). The prothorax is irregular rectangular. The head is very small and square, shown with eyes. The clypeus is only indicated by four incised lines which stand for the four lobes. The legs are very schematic, plain, and highly arched. They meet at the junction of elythra and protorax. The scarab is sitting on a base of about 0.001 to 0.002m.

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Height: 0.008 m
Length: 0.015 m
Width: 0.009 m

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Method of acquisition: Given (1920) by Thompson, H., Sir

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.117.1920
Primary reference Number: 51961
Oldadmincategory: SC
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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