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Funerary scarab

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This scarab of chalky-white stone (likely steatite) is in worn and battered condition with remnants of a pale green glaze. It is partly covered by brown incrustation. Incised details appear on the back, while the lower face and base are flat and undecorated. It has been pierced six times for...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–31, 760–332 B.C.


Length x width: 5.6 x 3.8 cm (2 3/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings