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Scarab
Date Made/Found: 664-525 BC
Material and Medium: Faience
Dimensions: Height 33mm, width 26mm, depth 17mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: X1977.1166
This is an ancient Egyptian scarab amulet. It is made of dark blue faience and set into a modern gold clasp.

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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