Amulet, scaraboid - ROM2011_11751_44


Amulet, scaraboid

Medium:Lapis lazuli
Geography: Excavated at Gebel Adda, Egypt (ancient Nubia)
Date: c. 300 BC-350 AD
Period: Meroitic Period
3.5 x 2.8 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 973.24.1030
Credit Line: Gift of the National Geographic Society
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Nubia

This worn and stained scraboid amulet is made of lapis lazuli, which had to be imported to Meroe, originally from Afghanistan.  It would have been a valuable possession.  There are fine lines marking the head and back of the beetle, and considerable care went into fashioning it.  It was a valuable object, probaby a prized possession, to be left in a grave.

The scarab is pierced longitudinally for stringing, and a piece of rusty wire remains in the hole.

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