An Egyptian Faience Winged Scarab, Late Period ca. 664-332 BCE
Of naturalistic style the composite piece of three parts to form a winged scarab beetle; assembled via three holes in each wing and six holes in central beetle component for attachment to mummy wrappings. The central beetle, with traces of the original green glaze, has incised detailing on all parts; lower faces flat and undetailed, all three parts show traces in varying degrees of a cloth weave pattern to the underside.
Dimensions: Length (from wingtip to wingtip): 13.5 cm (5 6/8 in), Height: 1.6 cm (6/8 in)
Condition: Losses to the head of the scarab, with mummification deposits remaining and glaze heavily worn, left wing intact, right wing rejoined; both attached to the body with later green thread.
Provenance: ex. Philip Mitry, acquired in the early 1970's, thereafter in the private collection of Dr. B. Harer, Washington.
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