Protective hieroglyphs on a scarab base, Egyptian late Middle Kingdom
This scarab is inscribed with protective symbols; the ankh, representing life, and the ‘sa’, for protection, with the addition of a bee, for royalty. It is carved in blue steatite, and comes from the late Middle Kingdom, ca. 1850-1640 BCE. It was found in the cemetery at Lisht North, during an expedition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in whose collection it can now be seen.
The earring pendants are stainless steel, and the glass cabochon measures 18 x 13mm. All earrings have sterling silver hooks and come in a sturdy card gift box.