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Pectoral funerary scarab with detached wings

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This is a bright funerary scarab of faience with a bright blue glaze. It is comprised of three parts: the central element, shaped as a scarab beetle, and two similar wing components. Incised details have been added to distinguish the basic elements of the beetle's body and head, as well as...

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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 (scarab component): 5.7 x 3.2 cm (2 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.) Length x width (wing components): 4.4 x 2.8 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.3023a-c

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings