The scarab beetle was an exceedingly popular symbol in the art of Ancient Egypt, thought to represent the sun god, Ra. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scarab beetle rolling its ball of dung across the dessert mirrored the journey of the sun across the sky from day to night. As the beetle laid its eggs within the dung, it became a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. The use of carnelian as a material also linked to the sun god, Ra, as the stone’s fiery colour was connected to the solar cult.
Egyptian Carnelian Scarab Amulet
A beautiful Egyptian scarab amulet made from bright carnelian. The front depicts the classic scarab design, with divided wings and a detailed head. The amulet has been left free of hieroglyphs and has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.
Period: New Kingdom Period
Condition: Very fine condition.