LARGE CANAANITE GLAZED STEATITE SCARAB FROM JERUSALEM
Catalog:Seals, Scarabs, Cuneiform: stock #1312554
Second Intermediate Period; c. 15th Dynasty (c. 1650-1550 BCE)
In the form of a scarab beetle this piece was originally embellished with a blue-green glaze still present on the obverse of the scarab. On the reverse is a hieroglyphic inscription including a scarab beetle between two crocodiles. The mannerist portrayal of the hieroglyphs suggests that it was not made in Egypt but was more than likely produced in Canaan by someone who was not a native speaker of the language and thus was less adept at producing it.
Dimensions: 24 x 18 mm
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Daphna Ben-Tor, â€śThe Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egyptâ€ť (Jerusalem:1993) pg. 28-32.
Daphna Ben-Tor, â€śPseudo Hieroglyphs on Middle Bronze Age Canaanite Scarabsâ€ť, Ling Aegâ€”Stud. Mon. 8 (2009), 83-100.
The â€śHyksosâ€ť as they are now known were most likely Canaanites, or a group of mixed-Asiatic peoples, who had entered Egypt in the twelfth dynasty and ultimately came to rule. The term â€śHyksosâ€ť is in fact a Greek corruption of â€śhekau khasutâ€ť which means â€śchieftains of a foreign landâ€ť.