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Funerary scarab

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This faience funerary scarab has an indigo-blue glaze, the full luster of which has worn away leaving a somewhat rough surface that is flaking very slightly. Some areas are incrusted with brown to red material. Incised lines on the back indicate striations on the wings and details of the head....

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Length x width: 6.3 x 3.8 cm (2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.3057

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings