Ancient Egyptian Scarabs


All my Egyptian artifacts were legally exported from Egypt prior to the 1970 UNESCO treaty, and my policies comply with all international trade laws regarding antiquities. Every item is legally and ethically acquired, coming from old American and European collections, museum deaccessions and auctions. Provenance is not always listed in every item description due to restricted space, but is provided on the certificate of authenticity that accompanies each item. Enjoy!

The scarab beetle was revered by the ancient Egyptians for its seemingly regenerative powers... and became the icon of Egyptian understanding of death and rebirth. Scarab amulets such as these were buried with the dead to ensure safe passage into the next life. All my scarabs come from good, old collections. Due to lack of space I don't always indicate this in the descriptions. But provenance information accompanies each piece on the COA.

Egypt's New Kingdom (1539--1070 BC), especially the 18th Dynasty (1504--1450 BC), saw some of Egypt's most famous Pharaohs... Hapshepsut, Thutmosis III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun (King Tut). Scarabs of the time were designed with heiroglyphic cartouches and symbology of the Pharaoh's various names, praises and well-wishes, as well as animal and god motifs. Earlier scarabs from Egypt's 2nd Intermediate Period, Hyksos Period, and contemporary Phoenician sources (1750-1570 BC) often depict heiroglyphic praises to the Pharaoh, and ornate carved linear motifs.



Canaanite, c. 1630 - 1570 BC. Gorgeous steatite scarab, with trapezoidal head and neatly incised circle device on base. L: 14mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3250: $425 SOLD

Late Dynastic Period, c. 664-332 BC. Faience scarab, the base engraved with an Ankh and two feathers of Ma'at (photographed upside down here). L: 16mm, heavily degraded likely from tomb flooding in ancient times. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, NY. #AE3155: $250

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Canaanite, c. 1630-1500 BC. Steatite scarab, the base with pseudo-cartouche with mixed heiroglyphic signs; symmetric signs flanking. These canaanite scarabs are less about specific meaning of the various signs and more about a general amulet for luck and prosperity. L: 16.5mm. Ex Rilling estate, Orange County, CA. #AE3247: $325 SOLD
Ancient Egypt. New Kingdom, c. 1570 - 1075 BC. Well-carved steatite scarab, the base engraved with a kheper (scarab). 13 x 9 mm with dark deposits, holed lengthwise for suspension. Comes with clay impression of base. Ex P. Cheremisinoff estate, NJ. #AE2829: $225


Second Intermediate Period, c. 1750-1570 BC. Small steatite scarab, the base engraved with a cross-shaped design. Yellow glaze. L: 12mm. ref: Matouk II, 2267v for type. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, NY. #AE3144: $250

New Kingdom-Third Intermediate Period, c. 1570-747 BC. Neat steatite scarab. The base depicts a kneeling pharoah in adoration of an obelisk. L: 14.5mm. Ex-John Rilling collection, Orange County, CA. Mr. Rilling died in 2008, stopped collecting in the 1990’s. Mr. Rilling selected the items for his collection carefully, acquiring them bit by bit from major auction houses in the US and the UK. #AE3260: $425 SOLD


Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, c. 1070-747 BC. Rare faience scarab, the base with a standing figure of stg Osiris before the head of Khnum wearing tripartite headdress. L: 18.5mm. Ex Rilling estate, Orange County, CA. A really cool scarab! #AE3251: $475

Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Nice steatite scarab, the base engraved with a lovely scroll motif with Nefer signs. L: 13.5mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3262: $399 SOLD


Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Large steatite scarab. The base engraved with symmetric signs including Sedges, Ka signs, nefers and uraei (cobras) flanking a central ankh within an oval border and pseudo-cartouch. L: 22mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3248: $499 SOLD


Canaanite, c. 1700 - 1630 BC. Large steatite scarab. Concentric signs including Feathers, Uraei, Red Crowns, Uas and other mixed signs. A general amulet for protection and luck. L: 21mm. Ex Rilling estate, Orange County, CA. #AE3252: $525 SOLD



New Kingdom Egypt, c. 1570-1070 BC. Rare faience scarab, with ancient pendant wire remnant. This scarab calls for the protection of the sun god Amun or Amun-Re, referred to by the image of the solar barque and wishes for life and protection "when Amun(-Re) is watchful." L: 17mm including loop. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3259: $399


Canaanite, c. 1630 - 1570 BC. Steatite scarab, the base engraved with a Djed Pillar. L: 14mm. Ex Rilling estate, Orange County, CA. #AE3257: $399


Canaanite, c. 1630 - 1570 BC. Excellent steatite scarab. The base engraved with a beautiful rosette pattern. L: 18mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3258: $499 SOLD


Canaanite, c. 1700 - 1630 BC. Great steatite scarab. A finely-incised antelope on the base. L: 18mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3256: $399 SOLD


Ancient Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, c. 1750-1570 BC. Nice steatite scarab, set onto a custom .925 silver pendant hanger. The base engraved with a roseate cross. Glaze gone white, earthen deposits. Ref: Petrie "Button scarabs" 159v for type. Scarab L: 16mm (5/8"), total pendant L: 29mm (1 1/8"). Ex Royal Athena Gallery, New York (original Royal Athena registration #GK9321). #AE3145: $375 SOLD


Ancient Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, c. 1750-1570 BC. Small steatite scarab, set onto a custom .925 silver pendant hanger. The base engraved with looped cord design indicative of fish. Glaze gone white. ref: Matouk II, 2063v for type. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, New York (original Royal Athena registration #GK9312). Scarab L: 12mm (1/2"), total pendant L: 24mm (just under 1 inch). #AE3140: $325 SOLD


Canaanite, c. 1630 - 1500 BC. Excellent large steatite scarab, the base engraved with an elaborate geometric design, a palm frond carved into the back. Set onto a custom .925 silver pendant hanger. Scarab L: 21mm, entire pendant measures 34mm. A really wonderful piece! Ex Epshtein collection, Berkeley, CA. #AE3201: $499 SOLD



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This Second Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC steatite scarab was still set into its original bronze ring. It nicely illustrates how some of these were originally used and worn in antiquity.

Late Dynastic Period, c. 664-332 BC. Fantastic steatite scarab with remains of the original bronze or copper pin still inside! The base engraved with a Sphinx and nefer sign. Very tall body, this was likely part of an ancient ring. Light brown tone. L: 15mm. ref: Matouk II no. 621 for type. Ex collection of Jonathan Rosen, New York, no. 0673; Ex Royal Athena Gallery, NY. #AE3150: $399 SOLD



Late Dynastic Period, c. 664-332 BC. Large faience scarab, the base engraved with a standing male, likely a god or pharaoh. L: 26mm, light blue to white tone. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, NY. #AE3158: $325 SOLD

Ancient Egypt, 2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1680 - 1540 BC. Very large seatite scarab, the base engraved with a nefer and neb sign next to two scroll devices. L: 28mm. Ex Rilling collection, Orange County, CA. Very impressive in-hand! #AE3089: $450 SOLD



Late Dynastic Period, c. 664-332 BC. Small green faience scarab. On base, seated Harpokrates with right finger to lip and wearing a plumed headdress. L: 11 mm. Ex Rilling collection, Orange County, CA. #AE3098: $299 SOLD

New Kingdom, c. 1550-1070 BC. Great steatite scarab, the base engraved with a lion and a boat. L: 12mm. White tone, nice deep-cut detail. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, NY. #AE3146: $350 SOLD

New Kingdom Egypt, c. 1570-1070 BC. Great steatite scarab. The base engraved with heiroglyphic "Praise the Horus of the North and the South". Ex Malter. L: 19mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3249: $450 SOLD

Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Steatite scarab, the base with the cartouche of Seostris III atop a Neb sign, flanked by sphinxes. L: 16mm. Ex Rilling estate, Orange County, CA. #AE3253: $525 SOLD

Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, c. 1070-747 BC. Neat steatite scarab, the base in heiroglyphs reading "Just and true, beloved of Amun-Re". L: 16mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3255: $399 SOLD


Late Dynastic Period, c. 664-332 BC. Neat green faience button scarab. L: 14mm, light green tone, some bitumen or resin likely from the wrappings of a mummy! Ex Royal Athena Gallery, NY. #AE3154: $275 SOLD

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Ancient Egype, Third Intermediate to Late Dynastic Period, c. 1070-332 BC. Excellent steatite scarab. The top finely carved, the base depicting Ma'at seated, a uraeus (erect cobra) and Nefer before... symbols of goodness and truth representing pharoah. L: 14mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #E3246: $450 SOLD

Third Intermediate Period, c. 1570-747 BC. Steatite scarab. The base with symbols that in themselves don't say anything but overall represent luck and protection. L: 16mm. Ex Malter galleries, Encino, CA. #AE3261: $450 SOLD