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Scarab mounted in gold

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Scarab of steatite with schematic back type. Set in gold mounting, which obscures the perimeter of inscribed decoration on the base. The gold mounting is shaped into cylindrical end components that lead to piercing in the scarab.


By 1967: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer December 1, 1967.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 15 (?), 1648–1540 B.C.


Length x width x height: 0.5 x 0.8 x 1.2 cm (3/16 x 5/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Steatite, Gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids