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Much of the blue glaze on this steatite scarab is worn away. The back is incised with lines and rope hatching to form a cross pattern, and is chipped. The scarab is pierced for suspension.


From Egypt, Giza, Street 7300 North, pit 7320. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, 760–332 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Length x width x height: 1.5 x 1 x 0.7 cm (9/16 x 3/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed steatite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids