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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.


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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; SOLD Out of Stock!


Egyptian, Faience Naturalistic Heart Scarab, Saite Period to Ptolemaic Period. 664 - 250 B.C.

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Certainly one of the finest faience examples known of this type. From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AF33415. Faience heart scarab; ex Egyptian Scarabs, Alex G. Malloy, 1974, Number 8, Choice, 7.3 cm (large size), exceptionally fine naturalistic modeling, pale blue-green glaze on underside; minor flaking, several legs broken off as well as chipping on the right plate and clypeus; SOLD


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

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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


Egyptian, Royal Scarab, Queen Hatshepsut, 1503 - 1482 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AF33363. Scarab, Historical Scarabs p. 30, 915, Choice, 16 mm long, green glazed carved steatite, base design with cartouche of Queen HATSHEPSUT, nice color; very rare ruler; SOLD


Egyptian, Large Scarab, Possibly of King Psamtek I, 26th Dynasty, 664 - 610 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

AF33356. Scarab, Choice, 32 mm long; brown carved steatite, wings ornamented with Bes standing and another deity; base design of RA-MEN (KHEPER) and Uraeus on left with wings to right.; SOLD


Egyptian, Blue-Green Glazed Scarab, 18th Dynasty, 1567 - 1320 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

This rendering of the lion over victim is similar to Thutmosis III scarabs, 1504 - 1450 B.C.
AF33358. Scarab, 15 mm long; blue-green glazed steatite, base design with lion to right standing above lying victim, uraeus and nefer right; chip at wing end, mounted on a modern gold chain; lovely color; SOLD


Egyptian, Royal Scarab, Neferkara (Pepi II) Scarab, 6th Dynasty, c. 2277 - 2183 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Pepi II was a pharaoh of the Sixth dynasty in Egypt's Old Kingdom. His throne name, Neferkare (Nefer-ka-Re), means "Beautiful is the Ka of Re." He succeeded to the throne at age six, after the death of Merenre I, and is generally credited with having the longest reign of any monarch in history at 94 years, though this figure has been disputed by some Egyptologists who favour a shorter reign length of 64 years. He was the son of Pepi I and Queen Ankhesenpepi II.
AF33365. Neferkara (Pepi II) scarab, Choice, attractive, 14 mm long, white carved steatite, base design with name Nefer Ka Ra (Pepi II); rare; SOLD


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; SOLD


Egyptian, Gray SLate Heart Scarab, New Kingdom, 1567 - 1085 B.C.

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AS31143. Superb condition; cf. Petrie Amulats 89e, Malloy Egyptian Art and Artifacts Summer 1980, 232, 3.2 cm (1 1/8") by 2.7 cm (1"), un-inscribed base; SOLD


Egyptian, Green Glazed Carved Steatite Scarab, 18th Dynasty, 1567 - 1320 B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

All brown scarabs were originally green glazed. With few exceptions, all white scarabs were originally blue. The evidence for this transformation are the numerous examples in half-way stages, such as this piece.
AF33355. Scarab, Superb, 15 mm long; green glazed carved steatite, base design with inscription N-RA-KA; a lovely scarab; 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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