A CANAANITE STEATITE SCARAB WITH PSEUDO HIEROGLYPHIC SCRIPT
Catalog:Seals, Scarabs, Cuneiform: stock #1312546
Second Intermediate Period; 15th Dynasty; c. 1650-1600 BCE
In the form of a scarab beetle, the reverse depicts a pseudo hieroglyphic inscription including the horus falcon and pseudo hieroglyphs including inverted wadj symbols flanked by papyrus plants on neb signs. The fact that the wadj symbols are inverted suggests that this scarab was carved by someone who was not familiar with the language. It is most likely that this scarab was intended to serve an amuletic purpose rather than an administrative one.
Dimensions: 18 x 14 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.
Daphna Ben-Tor, â€śPseudo Hieroglyphs on Middle Bronze Age Canaanite Scarabsâ€ť, LingAegâ€”Stud. Mon. 8 (2009), 83-100, fig. 3, 5, 14.