A RARE EGYPTIAN SCARAB SEAL WITH BULL AND CARTOUCHE
Catalog:Seals, Scarabs, Cuneiform: stock #680445
New Kingdom , 18th Dynasty , Reign of THUTMOSE III (MENKHEPERRA, c. 1479 - 1425 B.C.
This magnificent scarab seal is incised with a bull over which is carved the cartouche of Men-kheper-re (also known as Thutmose III, one of the most famous of the Egyptian pharaohs). Found in Israel. The scarab itself is in very good condition and its impression is crisp.
The association of pharaohs with animals of strength such as the bull or the lion was a common practice since the beginning of the Egyptian civilization. By depicting the king or his name with such an animal it thereby associated him with their strength and power.
Dimensions: 19 mm x 14 mm.
Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.
Beetle Scarab: Synonymous with the Sun and the Sun God (Atum then Ra), the scarab (a translation of Khephri) beetle was thought to have been born from a ball of dung, without recourse to the sexual process. The scarab pushed the sun through the night in a ball of dung. Also depicted as a beetle headed man, Khephri was strongly associated with good luck and magical power, being the creator "He who becomes" (the other translation of the word Khephri). A good force to work with during difficult times ("the dark night of the soul") to change the direction of events.