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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.


Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.

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Unpublished in the standard references but known from auction listings, some of which fail to notice the two "eyes."
SH84755. Electrum hemihekte, 1/12 stater Lydo-Milesian standard; cf. CNG auction (9 Mar 2016), lot 156 (same dies); Elektron I 9 corr.; Weidauer -; Traitť I -; SNG Kayhan -, aVF, scratches, weight 1.136 g, maximum diameter 7.8 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse plain with to pellets side-by-side on the edge (crude scarab beetle?); reverse irregular six-lobed incuse pattern; very rare; $630.00 (Ä560.70)


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







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REFERENCES

Ben-Tor, D. The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt (Tel Aviv, 1989).
Blankenburg-Van Delden, C. The Large Commemorative Scarabs of Amenhotep III. (Leiden, 1969).
Budge, E. The Egyptian Book of the Dead, (The Papyrus of Ani), Egyptian Text, Transliteration, and Translation. (1895).
Fraser, G. A Catalog of the Scarabs belonging George Fraser. (London, 1900).
Gorton, A. Egyptian and Egyptianizing Scarabs, A typology of steatite, faience and paste scarabs from Punic and other Mediterranean sites. (Oxford, 1996).
Hall, H. Catalogue of Egyptian Scarabs, etc., in the British Museum. (1913).
Hall, H. Scarabs. (London, 1929).
Martin, G. Egyptian Administrative and Private-Name seals, Principally of the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. (Oxford, 1971).
Matouk, F. Corpus du scarabee egyptien, Tome premier. (Beyrouth, 1971).
Mayer, I. Scarabs. (1894).
Newberry, P. Scarabs: An Introduction to the Study of Egyptian Seals and Signet Rings. (London, 1906).
Newberry, P. The Timins Collection of Ancient Egyptian Scarabs and Cylinder Seals. (London, 1907).
Petrie, W. Amulets, illustrated by the Egyptian Collection in University College. (London, 1914).
Petrie, W. Historical Scarabs Chronologically Arranged: A series of drawings from the principal collections. (London, 1889, reprint 1976).
Petrie, W. Scarabs and cylinders with names: illustrated by the Egyptian collection in University College, London. (London, 1917).
Petrie, W. Buttons and Design Scarabs Illustrated by the Egyptian Collection in University College. (London, 1925).
Sharrer, P. Egyptian Scarabs, Alex G. Malloy Fixed Price Catalog, Spring 1974.
Robard, S. "The Heart Scarab of the Ancient Egyptians," in American Heart Journal. (1953).
Rowe, A. A Catalogue of Egyptian Scarabs, Scaraboids, Seals and Amulets in the Palestine Archaeological Museum. (1936).
Ward, J. The Sacred Beetle, A Popular Treatise on Egyptian Scarabs in Art and History. (New York, 1902).

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Egyptian Scarabs