From the photos you posted, your scarab
appears to be genuine/ancient. Design motifs with sphinxes are a well-known type
. They seemingly first appear during the New Kingdom
and were made down to the Late Period.
For similar examples, with winged uraeus
1. Steinbüchel, Anton. Scarabees Egyptiens Figures du Musee des
Antiques de sa Majeste L’Empereur, Antoine Strauss, Vienna
, 1824: Plate III, No. 182. The collection
was subsequently transferred to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
. Sadly, this scarab
was one of those looted during World War II.
2. Petrie, W.M.F. Buttons & Design Scarabs
, 1925: p. 23, Plate XIII, No. 817.
3. Loud, Gordon (Field
Director). Megiddo II, Seasons
of 1935-39, Plates, The University of Chicago, Oriental Institute Publication, Volume LXII, Chicago, 1948: Plates 152, 157 and 158, Nos 152 and 175.
4. Matouk, Fouad S. Corpus du Scarabee egyptien, Volume 2, Analyse Thematique, Beirut, 1977. Pages 105 and 384, Nos 593 and 594.
5. Giveon, Raphael. Egyptian Scarabs
from Western Asia
from the Collections
of the British Museum, Orbis
Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica 3, Freiburg/Göttingen, 1985: page 180, Nos 48260 and 48188, page 180, Nos. 11 and 12.
6. Aubet, Maria
E. et al.
The Phoenician Cemetery of Tyre Al Bass II, Scarabs
from the 2002-2005 Seasons
at Tyre Al Bass; pages 388 and 400, Fig.5.21, dated to Third Intermediate Period, circa 750-700 B.C. in Bulletin d’Archaeologie et d’Architecture
Lebanaises, Beyrouth, 2014.
is pictorial, symbolic, so it doesn't really "say" anything. The sphinx
represents the king
, the figure in front of it may represent the goddess of truth Maat, and the winged serpent
, kingly power.