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Scarab
Date Made/Found: 1550-1295 BC
Material and Medium: Faience
Dimensions: Length 15mm, width 11mm, height 7mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: X1977.1171
This is an ancient Egyptian scarab amulet. On the underside, there is a jackal depicted. The jackal was the symbols of the god Anubis, who brought people before the god of the underworld, Osiris, to be judged on their journey to the afterlife.

Ancient Egyptians thought the sun was rolled across the sky by the scarab beetle god Khepri in the same way actual beetles rolled dung balls along. Scarab beetles lay their eggs inside a dung ball so it seemed like the young beetles were miraculously born from the dung. Amulets in the form of these beetles symbolised rebirth.

People wore amulets as jewellery over their clothing and attached them to mummy wrappings after death for protection. Amulets came in many shapes, sizes and materials.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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