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Scarab
Date Made/Found: 664-332 BC
Material and Medium: Faience
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: EG202
This is a large winged scarab amulet. 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. This winged scarab has holes to sew the amulet onto cloth.
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