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Statue of Scarab

Statue of Scarab

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Historical Reproduction - Vintage - 2001

DeAgostini, The Glory of Ancient Egypt, Collectors Figurine

Issue No. 4 - Statue Only

Approximately 1.5” tall x 3” long

SCARAB - KEPHRI

The Egyptian scarab is an iconic symbol of ancient Egyptian culture, revered for its religious, symbolic, and artistic significance. Shaped like a dung beetle, the scarab was a popular motif in Egyptian art and jewelry, representing various aspects of life, death, and rebirth.

The scarab beetle, also known as the dung beetle, was associated with the sun god Ra and the concept of regeneration and resurrection. Its behavior of rolling balls of dung symbolized the sun's daily journey across the sky and its cyclical nature of death and rebirth. As such, the scarab became a potent symbol of transformation, renewal, and eternal life in Egyptian mythology.

Scarabs were commonly used as amulets and talismans, worn by both the living and the dead for protection and good fortune. They were often carved from materials such as stone, faience, or precious metals and adorned with intricate hieroglyphic inscriptions or symbolic motifs. These inscriptions might include prayers, spells, or personal names, imbuing the scarab with magical properties and divine blessings.

One of the most famous types of scarabs is the heart scarab, which was placed on the chest of the deceased during the mummification process. It was believed to protect the heart of the deceased in the afterlife and ensure its purity during the Weighing of the Heart ceremony, where the heart was judged against the feather of Ma'at, the goddess of truth and justice.

Scarabs were also used as seals and administrative stamps, bearing the names of pharaohs and officials to authenticate documents and decrees. Their widespread use in ancient Egyptian society underscores their cultural and religious significance and their enduring popularity as symbols of power, protection, and regeneration.

Today, the Egyptian scarab continues to captivate the imagination as an emblem of ancient Egyptian civilization and its rich spiritual and artistic heritage. Its timeless symbolism of rebirth and renewal resonates across cultures, making it a cherished symbol of hope and transformation.

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