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Egyptian Scarabs

Along with the pyramids, sphinxes, and mummies, the scarabs are one of the most familiar objects representing Egypt. Scarabs have been collected for centuries and were particularly popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Popularity decreased during the Great Depression and they have never regained their status as a hobby collectible of the elite. Very rare and interesting scarabs are far more affordable than might be expected for such important historical pieces. The designs of each scarab is usually unique. Even for the most common pharaoh, exact duplicate hieroglyphics of his name and title are rare. The backs are equally varied, and seldom will a drawing of one scarab accurately represent a second specimen. The major criteria for pricing scarabs are: quality, condition, rarity, historical interest and size. Quality, perhaps even better called eye-appeal, is an overall appraisal of the beauty of the scarab and is often the most important price factor. Fine naturalistic style increases value. Beautiful glaze colors, vivid glass, and intense semi-precious stone hues increase value. Larger size increases value. Rarity increases value. Attractive, historically important (royal) or interesting hieroglyphics increase value.

Egypt, Steatite Scarab, Hyksos Type, 13th - 17th Dynasty, c. 1780 - 1550 B.C.

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The Hyksos were Asiatic (probably Canaanite) people who in arrived in Egypt in the 11th Dynasty, began their climb to power in the 13th Dynasty, and by the 15th Dynasty, ruled lower Egypt. At the end of the 17th Dynasty, they were expelled.
AS48866. Scarab; cf. Newberry XIX, 15; buff carved steatite, glaze gone white, 16 x 12 mm; design of finely executed interlocking spirals in four rows, Choice, Copris, plain head and clypeus, short notches indicating prothorax separation, no separation of elytra, feathered legs, ex Alex G. Malloy Sale 3/26/1999, 1110; SOLD

Egyptian, Lined Wing Scarab, Late Ptolemaic, 200 - 30 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AM33366. Lined wing scarab, Superb, 10 mm long, light green faience, fine naturalistic lined wing design, coiled cobra design on base; SOLD

Egyptian, Carved Steatite Scarab, 14th - 16th Dynasty, 1705 - 1535 B.C.

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Ex Alex G. Malloy, May 1999, 1369.
AS47723. cf. Rowe 114 - 132 (Ra-Nefer scarabs), carved steatite scarab, buff-white, deep cut, 13mm x 8mm, Superb, Scarabaeus, merging head, smooth clypeus, gapped feathered legs, single line girdle, two vertical wing separation; hieroglyphics: Ra-Nefer (King) divided by h - h; SOLD


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Egyptian Scarabs