Ancient Egypt New Kingdom, Scarab with Baal Riding a Lion, c1550-1070BC

Heading: Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, c1550-1070BC

Material: Of multiple material composition   

Period: Ancient Egypt's New Kingdom 

Date: 1550-1070BC

Origin: Ancient Egypt, North Africa

Condition: Very fine, surface layer cracked allowing underlying material to be seen. 

Description: The top depicts a scarab with detailed legs and carapace, below, is an incuse scene depicting Baal riding a lion with a snake below to the base. It is pierced to allow it to be worn as a bead or amulet and may have been used as a seal1.95g.

Size and Weight: 16mm x 11.5mm x 8mm, 

Features and Provenance:

In Ancient Egypt, as a scarab beetle rolling a ball of dung was thought to be reminiscent of the sun travelling across the sky, they were considered to be sacred and symbolic of rebirth and regeneration; the god of the rising sun, Khepri, is even depicted with a scarab as a head. Small amulets in the shape of scarab beetles, often with hieroglyphic inscriptions, were dedicated to a deity or pharaoh, but could also have the personal family name which allowed it to be used as an impression seal. They are often found buried with a mummy to help it on its journey to the afterlife.  

Baal was worshipped in Egypt during the New Kingdom. As a deity of wind, rain and lightning, he was identified with the Egyptian god of storms, Set. Originally from a Canaanite religion, is shows the influence of other areas particularly as he is riding a lion.


Condition Summary. This varies with the age of the artefact and there are grades between

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of pattern etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of pattern etc present, but may be worn

Fine (F). Wear on the artefact and parts of item and pattern etc may be missing or not visible






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  • Product Code: RNC039
  • Availability: Sold
  • £170.00

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