Ancient Egyptian Scarabs


The scarab beetle was revered by the ancient Egyptians for its seemingly regenerative powers... and became the icon of Egyptian understanding of death and rebirth. Scarab amulets such as these were buried with the dead to ensure safe passage into the next life.
All my scarabs come from good, old collections. Due to lack of space I don't always indicate this in the descriptions. But provenance information accompanies each piece on the COA.

Egypt's New Kingdom (1539--1070 BC), especially the 18th Dynasty (1504--1450 BC), saw some of Egypt's most famous Pharaohs... Hapshepsut, Thutmosis III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun (King Tut). Scarabs of the time were designed with heiroglyphic cartouches and symbology of the Pharaoh's various names, praises and well-wishes, as well as animal and god motifs. Earlier scarabs from Egypt's 2nd Intermediate Period, Hyksos Period, and contemporary Phoenician sources (1750-1570 BC) often depict heiroglyphic praises to the Pharaoh, and ornate carved linear motifs.

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Beautiful steatite scarab. Nicely detailed top, the base engraved with a lion walking right. Very thick, probably once adorned an important ring. 16 mm (5/8"). #AE2360: $325

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750-1570 BC. Steatite scarab, the body nicely carved with symmetric 'en-re' devices in pseudo-cartouches, 19x14mm. Great detail, nice high arched body. Some chipping around edges. Ex Alex Malloy, purchased 1997. #AE2361: $199

Ancient Egypt. Late Middle Kingdom, c. 18th Century BC. Steatite scarab, the base decorated with opposing nebty designs. 18 x 13mm. Intact. Holed lengthwise for suspension. Ex Collection of a Doctor, Cheltenham, England, acquired in the 1950's. #AE2307: $299

Egypt, New Kingdom, probably Levantine, c. 1570 - 1075 BC. Steatite scarab engrved with "Beloved of Amen-Re". Deep-cut heiroglyphs. 15 mm. #23357: $275

Ancient Egypt, Dynasty 19-26, c. 1293-664 BC. Nice steatite scarab with a private name 'her-user-ra' with a uraeus (cobra) on the base. 14x10mm. Ex Alex Malloy, purchased in 1980. #AE2362: $199

Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab. Beautiful blue glaze still remains! Depicts a lion attacking a crocodile. 20 mm. Big and chunky! #scb8634: $249

Late Period Egypt, 664-535 BC. Carved green-stone "button" scarab. Lovely piece with nicely detailed features. Holed through for wearing. 21 mm long. #1673: $199

Late Period (664 - 535 BC). Very large carved stone button-scarab from Upper Egypt. Deep-etched designs, high arched body. 24x20x13 mm! #AE2136: $199

Egypt. 2nd Intermediate Period, 1750-1570 BC. HUGE steatite scarab. Nicely carved body, base decorated with stylized hieroglyphic signs. 24 x 18mm. #091059: $299

Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Gorgeous carved rock-crystal scarab. Very thick construction, once likely once adorned a ring or other piece of jewelry. 18 mm. #AE2344: $250

Late Period (664 - 535 BC). Very large carved quartzite stone button-scarab from Upper Egypt. Deep-etched designs, high arched body. #AE2356: $150

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1570-1293 BC. Steatite scarab of Thutmose III, 1504-1450 BC. Depicts his cartouche, Men-Kheper-Ra, flanked by 2 feathers of Maat. Top nicely engraved. 13 mm (1/2"). #AE2138: $325

Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Gorgeous carved amethyst scarab. Very thick construction, once likely once adorned a ring or other piece of jewelry. 13 mm (1/2"). #AE2347: $299

Large Egyptian steatite scarab, 2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1674 - 1549 BC, the body nicely carved with detailed head and lotus flowers on the wing case, the base neatly incised with symmetric signs including the "an-re" formula seen on many scarabs of the period. 2.2 x 1.5 cm. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #AE2225: $399

Late Period Egypt, c. 664-535 BC. Nice blue-green faience scarab with a seated deity on the base, 14 x 11mm. Ex Negus Collection, UK, acquired in the early 20th Century. Very nice - better than photo. #AE2358: $199

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Large steatite scarab, the base engraved with 4 uraeii (cobras). Gorgeous purplish-brown patina. 19 mm. #AE2346: $250

Nice 2nd Intermediate steatite cowroid with kneeling goddess, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Carved with large collars around the suspension holes imitating a metal mount, the base with central kneeling goddess holding a staff, nefer & uraeus. 20mm. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, New York. #0611077: $325

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scaraboid. Elongated form, sharp heiroglyphic kheper (beetle), winged solar disc, etc. 17 mm. #6353: $275

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Steatite scarab, face of Hathor on the base! 14 mm. Sharp detail! #AE2128: $225

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Steatite scarab, engraved with a scene of 2 people seated beside a tall lotus flower. 17 mm. #AE2343: $199

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2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Large and magnificent steatite scarab! Finely engraved top, bottom with heiroglyphic praises to the Pharaoh. Huge 21 mm (13/16"), great patina. #AE2345: $350

Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Large steatite scarab. Base engraved with elaborate cruciform (cross) design. Some chipping, likely worn as ring bezel in antiquity. 19 mm (3/4"). #AE2141: $250

Egypt, Late Period, c. 664 - 332 BC. Faience scarab with an ankh. The body molded with good style, the base with a large ankh, small solar disk to lower left. Holed lengthwise for suspension. 15 x 11mm. Intact, glaze now a grayish color, light deposits. Ex Hamdy Sakr collection, London; previously in the private collection of Alex Anckonie III, acquired during his time in the Navy in the 1960's - 1970's. #AE2352: $350

Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Nice steatite scarab. Base engraved with elaborate uraeus (cobra) with long body that coils around all 4 corners. 15 mm (9/16"). #AE2142: $250

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, 1570-1293 BC. Steatite scarab of Thutmose III, 1504-1450 BC. Depicts his cartouche, Men-Kheper-Ra, with seated baboon. Nice body with well-defined legs. 12 mm (7/16"). #AE2137: $350 SOLD

Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Incredible carved amethyst scarab. Very thick, tall body, once likely once adorned a ring or other piece of jewelry. Holed through for suspension. Nice incised details. 11 mm (7/16"). #AE2348: $299

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Steatite scarab. Finely-detailed top, the base engraved with a mirrored image of the red crown of Lower Egypt. 16 mm. #AE2342: $250

New Kingdom, 1570 - 1070 BC. Steatite scarab. Depicts standing falcon with double crown of unified Upper and Lower Egypt, small animal behind, uraeus (cobra) in front. Deep relief on bottom, nicely detailed top. 16 mm. #8783: $299

New Kingdom, 1570 - 1070 BC. Nice steatite scarab. On base heiroglyphics reading "Amun-Re". Chipped on edge but otherwise nice! 13 mm. #scb9600: $250

Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Great steatite scarab. The base engraved with a central scarab beetle, Djed pillar of Osiris and 2 ankhs ("life"). 15 mm (9/16"). Sharp detail! #AE2144: $299

Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Beautiful steatite scarab with well-carved head and grooved legs, on base, an interlocking scroll motif. 16 x 10mm. Holed lengthwise for suspension. Ex Los Angeles private collection. #AE2340: $375

Ancient Egypt, 3rd Intermediate Period, c. 1075 - 664 BC. Nice and very large faience scarab, set into a choice gold brooch. The scarab's glaze now a deep purplish-black and well-molded with good detail. On the base, a seated monkey before a large Wedjat, or 'Eye of Horus'. Modern gold setting, 30-40 years old, stamped 14k in Arabic numbers. 34 x 23mm. In great condition and a very attractive jewelry item! Ex German private collection. #AE2035x2: $950

Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab. Stylized animal facing a Djed pillar. 13.5 mm. #578846: $179

Late period Egypt, c. 664 - 332 BC. Beautiful blue faience scarab. Base with heiroglyphs 'Amen-Re' within a border resembling a centipede. 15 mm (5/8"). Ex Negus Collection, UK, acquired in the early 20th Century. #AE2359: $199

Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab, cross-seal design. Tall arched body, silvery-black color, 15 mm. #AE2130: $189

Egypt, New Kingdom, c.1570 - 1075 BC. Steatite scarab with name of Maat-Hethes-Ra, which is a private name. Cf. Petrie, Scarabs, pl. LIV (as 26th Dynasty), no. 14. 11.5 mm. Great detail, much better than photo! #23359: $350

Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Lovely carved rock-crystal scarab. Thick construction, once likely once adorned a ring or other piece of jewelry. 13 mm (1/2"). #AE2357: $250

Egypt. 2nd Intermediate Period, 1750-1570 BC. Nice steatite scarab with a crocodile and a horned goat. Base nicely carved with texturing. The legs are well cut. 20 mm. #091060: $275

New Kingdom, 1570 - 1070 BC. Steatite scarab. Nicely-detailed top, the base engraved with 2 uraeii (cobras). 13 mm. Much nicer than photo! #AE2173: $250
A Small Collection of Scarabs from the Bob Brier Collection
Bob Brier, a.k.a. "Mr. Mummy", American Egyptologist,
Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University and author of several books on Ancient Egypt.
All ex-Bob Brier Collection; From the Dr. John N. Winnie Collection. Ex-CNG.
2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Small edge chip at mount’s head otherwise intact, once glazed, pierced for mounting. 14x11mm. #cng287798: $299

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Intact, pierced for mounting. 15x10mm. #cng287799: $325
2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Cf. Niccacci 305. Small edge chips, once glazed, pierced for mounting. 17x11mm. #cng287804: $275
2nd Intermediate Period, c.
1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Niccacci 309 var.; Ben-Tor p.67, 16 var. Small edge chip otherwise intact, once glazed, pierced for mounting. 15x10mm. #cng287807: $325

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Cf. Matouk II, 2216. Small edge chips, once glazed, pierced for mounting. 14x10mm. #cng287808: $299

2nd Intermediate Period, c.
1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a coiled cord pattern. Cf. Niccacci 285. Slightly chipped at mount’s mouth from mount removal, once glazed, pierced for mounting. Nicely decorated back. #cng287819: $350



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Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Huge steatite scaraboid. The back rounded with notched border and collars around the suspension holes. Base engraved with the god Ra kneeling on the back of a crocodile and holding a sceptre, erect cobras to either side. 30 x 23 mm (1 1/8" long!) Minor chipping to one collar. Ex-J. Rilling coll., Orange County, CA. #AE2290: $425 SOLD

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Large steatite scarab. Falcon flanked by two uraeii (cobras). 13 mm. #scb458: $175 SOLD

Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Steatite scarab. Feathers of Maat with symbols above. 13 mm. #72774: $199 SOLD

Egypt, Late Middle Kingdom steatite scarab, c. 18th Century BC, with symmetric signs in three rows. 15 x 11mm. Intact, no glaze. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York. #AE2008: $325 SOLD

An Egyptian 2nd Intermediate steatite scarab, c. 1750 - 1570 BC, the body nicely carved with great detail to the head and eyes. On base, the god Horus kneels holding a lotus flower. 17 x 12mm. Intact, no remaining glaze, great surfaces with almost no wear at all. Ex Los Angeles private collection. #AE2224: $375 SOLD