Posing With Artefacts #142
My love of animals knows no size. I am as happy making friends with the big animals, such as camels, elephants, and lions, as I am being friends with the little fellas. For this wee guy, I had to get very up close and personal.
It is true there are a few critters I am not happy being friends with. If you have spent time in Egypt, you will know the flies and mosquitoes are huge pests. But I will ignore them for now and concentrate on this artifact.
Before me, +Eeyore Encina
, is a scarab. Scarabs can be seen throughout Egypt in the modern times. They were an important symbol of ancient Egypt. Scarabs are symbols of rebirth. They lay their eggs in feces, roll it up into a ball, and out of this hatch the baby scarabs. Out of nothing, out of death, out of something so unpleasant as poo, comes new life. For this reason, scarabs are associated with rebirth which is important for people obsessed with the afterlife. During the mummification process, the heart was left in the body, but a scarab would be placed atop it to signify the body would be reborn to join Osiris in the afterlife. Sometimes hearts were removed, and the scarab was placed in its stead.
Scarabs these days are known by their more common name, Dung Beetle. Not as catchy.
Scarabs would push balls of dung about, and this image resembled the sun moving across the sky. Some thought the sun was being pushed by a scarab as well. This shows the importance of the scarab.
These artifacts are easy to come by. Go to Egypt now and people give them away as trinkets. Tombs are littered with them, as they are small and easy to make. Some, such as this one, had spells written on them, as a sort of cheat sheet for the entombed person. The spell would be just one of those found in the Book of the Dead. It could be personalized, or a generic scarab sold at market. I do not read hieroglyphics, so I cannot say what is written here. Anyone care to translate? This is supposedly a New Kingdom scarab, though it is a purchase from the Fayoum area. Context is lost. Perhaps 18th-19th Dynasty, or about 1570-1185BC.#posingwithartefacts#kelseymuseum#eeyoreposingwithartefacts