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Funerary scarab

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This faience funerary scarab carries a bright, light blue glaze. Incised details on the back define various components of the beetle's body and head (with especially pronounced front portion, or clypeus). The base is flat and undecorated. Six holes have been drilled: two on each side, likely for...

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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 4.4 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.3047

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings