A CANAANITE HYKSOS PERIOD STEATITE SCARAB WITH ATTACHED BRONZE RING
Catalog:Seals, Scarabs, Cuneiform: stock #1314224
Second Intermediate Period, 15th Dynasty (c. 1650-1550 BCE)
This scarab is carved in the form of a scarab beetle on the obverse and is inscribed with hieroglyphs on the reverse. Although imitating Egyptian scarabs of the Middle Kingdom it is unlikely this piece was produced by Egyptian craftsman. Surprisingly this example includes the bronze ring into which it was originally set intact, thus making it an excellent example of its type.
Dimensions: 20 x 12 mm
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Daphna Ben-Tor, â€śThe Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egyptâ€ť (Jerusalem:1993). pg. 28-32.
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.