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Scarab inscription any translations?


Maria H:
I have had this ring for many years.  It was passed down through my family and I wear it all the time.  I would love to know what the inscription means.  Any help?

I am a collector of coins and antiquities.  I am so happy to have found this site.  Are any of you familiar with Leunumismatik?  If so what is their reputation for coins?

Thank you in advance,


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Maria H:
My apologies.  I did not know.  I would still love any information someone could give on the scarab.

Hi Maria,
   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(?), see:
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, London, 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 and Seals 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.
        The inscription 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.
       I hope this helps.

Maria H:

Just found your reply!! It made my day.  Thank you so very much.  I really appreciate it.



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