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Funerary Scarab

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This faience funerary scarab is of a very deep blue-black color with traces of glaze. Incised parallel lines indicate striations on the beetle's wings, while ither lines divide sections of the body and head. Small notches have been cut out of the front curve of the base, with two larger notches...

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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 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Length x width: 5 x 3.1 cm (1 15/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings