Ancient Egyptian artifacts scarab
Authentic ancient Egyptian scarab. Carved white limestone scarab beetle, a symbol of the enduring human soul. On the bottom, incised hieroglyphics. Drill hole for wearing. 18th Dynasty. Scarabs were worn as jewelry and amulets in ancient Egypt. Being a common form like a charm, everyone could afford them and easily wear strung on a cord and worn like a necklace. They were already known in the Old Kingdom, and in the First Intermediate Period, the undersides were decorated with hieroglyphs. Many heart scarabs bear a spell on the flat side. Scarabs are the most numerous amulets and were produced well beyond the dynastic periods. They were used and worn by both the rich and the poor. They were made in a wide variety of materials, such as carnelian, lapis lazuli, basalt, limestone, malachite, schist, serpentine, turquoise, colored glass, ivory, resin, steatite, bronze and alabaster.