Nephrite Scarab Impression SealAmulet hand carved of natural nephrite, each has its own unique and beautiful characteristics. Wonderful as a gift or an excellent addition to your Chinoiserie Collection. Can be used as a seal, decor accent piece or jewelry, strung and worn as a amulet or pendant. Comes in protective blue velvet jewelry pouch.
Scarabs were popular amulets and impression seals in ancient Egypt. They survive in large numbers and, through their inscriptions and typology, they are an important source of information for archaeologists and historians of the ancient world. They also represent a significant body of ancient art.
Amulets in the form of scarab beetles had become enormously popular in Ancient Egypt by the early Middle Kingdom (approx. 2000 BCE) and remained popular for the rest of the pharaonic period and beyond. During that long period the function of scarabs repeatedly changed. Primarily amulets, they were also inscribed for use as personal or administrative seals or were incorporated into jewelry. Some scarabs were created for political or diplomatic purposes to commemorate or advertise royal achievements. By the early New Kingdom, heart scarabs had become part of the battery of amulets protecting mummies.
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DIMENSIONS: 2.75" L x 1.25" W x 1" H
CIRCA: Early 20th Century
HISTORY & FACTS: Egyptomania refers to a period of renewed interest in the culture of ancient Egypt. First sparked by Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign in the nineteenth century. Napoleon was accompanied by many scientists and scholars during this Campaign, which led to a large interest after the documentation of ancient monuments in Egypt. The ancient remains had never been so thoroughly documented before and thus, the interest in ancient Egypt increased significantly. Jean-François Champollion deciphered the ancient hieroglyphs in 1822 by using the Rosetta Stone that was recovered by French troops in 1799 which began the study of scientific Egyptology.
Then again in 1923, with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Tutankhamen wasn't an especially important king, but his tomb was the only royal burial found intact in modern times. The tomb was important because it let archaeologists record what an Egyptian king's tomb looked like and learn more about ancient Egypt.