A rare Egyptian Black Steatite Cylinder Seal, Second Intermediate Period, ca. 1700 - 1550 BCE
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Anra scarabs have been found at archaeological sites throughout the Levant, Egypt and Nubia. Notable sites include: Ras Shamra, Byblos, Beth-shan, Pella, Memphis, Shechem, Gezer, Shiloh, Amman, Gerar, Tell El-Dab'a, Esna, Debeira, Mirgissa, Jericho and Rishon. They have been found amongst precious objects such as gold, gemstones, and weapons at a higher rate than other scarabs found in tombs, and they have been discovered in the archaeological remains of palaces, temples, sanctuaries, and residences of high-ranking officials.
In Egypt and Nubia, the anra scarabs that have been found stay closer to the original three-sign sequence, such as this example, without the supplementary Egyptian iconography more prevalent in the Levant.
Condition: The seal is intact and in excellent condition overall. A rare and interesting example, shown with modern roll.
Dimensions: Height: 1 5/8 inches (4 cm)
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while stationed in Egypt in the 1950s and then by descent.
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