Image: Egyptian Amulet: E39786

Egyptian Amulet: E39786

This faience scarab beetle amulet is from the Late Dynastic Period (712 - 332 BC).



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This scarab beetle amulet, made of faience, is from the Late Dynastic Period (712 - 332 BC). Scarab beetles were associated with eternal life. This is probably because of the way they were observed to spring out of the ground when born. Winged or heart-shaped scarab beetle amulets were often placed on the chest or over the heart of a mummy.


BC (or BCE) – means Before Common Era, and indicates the years counted back from the first year of the Western Calendar. For example, in 30 BC Rome conquered Egypt and Cleopatra took her own life.

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