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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.

Egyptian, Late Period, Steatite Scarab, 664 - 332 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Late| |Period,| |Steatite| |Scarab,| |664| |-| |332| |B.C.|
 
AS96352. Egyptian scarab, buff carved steatite, lion running right with tail up, 8.7mm long, Collectible, attractive, from Alex G. Malloy with his certificate of authenticity; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00


Egyptian, Late Period - Ptolemaic Period, Faience Scarab, 664 - 30 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Late| |Period| |-| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Faience| |Scarab,| |664| |-| |30| |B.C.|
 
AS96367. Egyptian scarab, bright light green faience, flail on base, pierced for suspension, 8.1mm long, near Choice, 664 - 30 B.C.; from Alex G. Malloy with his certificate of authenticity; $144.00 SALE PRICE $130.00


Egyptian, Saite Period - Ptolemaic Period, Blue Steatite Heart Scarab, 664 - 250 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Saite| |Period| |-| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Blue| |Steatite| |Heart| |Scarab,| |664| |-| |250| |B.C.|
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AF33422. heart scarab; cf. Egyptian Scarabs, Alex G. Malloy, 1974, 11, Superb, 3.4 cm long, carved steatite, bright blue glaze, blank on underside, six piercings to attach to mummy; exceptional color and condition; SOLD










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