Egyptian scarab with crocodiles

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Object: Egyptian scarab with crocodiles

Material: Steatite.

Period: New Kingdom of ancient Egypt,
18th to 20th dynasty,
circa 1550 BC to 1070 BC.

Description:    Seal in the shape of a scarab with schematic top side. A drill hole along the long axis could be used to string the piece as an amulet. The underside is engraved and the impression shows two lying crocodiles (Sobek) and other but undeciphered symbols.

Dimensions: 18mm long, 13mm wide.

Condition: Missing areas on one long side at the bottom and at one end of the hole. Otherwise only a few minor chips. Beautifully aged surface. Enclosed note from Mr. Charlier with print "Skarabäus ("Heiliger Pillendreher") Amulett", as well as other note with the typewritten inscription "Skarabäus 1200 vor Christus. Amulett aus Theben", giving Thebes as a findspot.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 from the German family estate Stollenwerk. Inherited in 2015 from the German private collection of the archaeologist and artist Erich Charlier. He acquired his collection, including this piece, between 1950 and 1980 in Europe. Thebes in Egypt has been stated as the find spot.
Mr. Charlier was known for his work as an artist and built a reputation in his home country. He had his studio in Hammer, a village in the Eifel region of Germany. The artist is immortalized in numerous church ornaments in the area. For his artistic work Mr. Charlier received the honorary prize of the municipality of Simmerath, as well as the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994. Fossils and archaeological objects from his collection were or are on display in an exhibition in Hammer, together with typical hand drawings by Mr. Charlier, which he made for many archaeological pieces in his possession.

References: Cf. E. Hornung, E. Staehelin, Skarabaeen und andere Siegelamulette aus Basler Sammlungen (1976), nos. 797-799.

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