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.
Egyptian, Lined Wing Scarab, Late Ptolemaic, 200 - 30 B.C.
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; $225.00 (€193.50)
Very useful for the identification of scarabs. Fraser spent over 10 years collecting, describing and drawing the hundreds of scarabs illustrated. Covered are the First through 30th Dynasties, more than 4,400 years.
BL43183. A Catalogue of the Scarabs Belonging to George Fraser by G. Fraser, originally published in 1900, Attic Books 1979 reprint, paperback, 78 pages, 62 pages of illusrated text, plus 16 plates of black and white illustrations; $15.00 (€12.90)
Egyptian Scarabs, Alex G. Malloy Fixed Price Catalog, Spring 1974
BL00130. Egyptian Scarabs, Alex G. Malloy Fixed Price Catalog, Spring 1974, booklet format, 16 page, 81 scarabs with photos, some yellowing; $10.00 (€8.60)