Ancient Egyptian Scarabs


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.


2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750-1570 BC. White steatite scarab engraved with a beautiful cord pattern, nicely detailed legs. Stripe of gray wear down body indicates it likely adorned a ring in antiquity! L: 20.5 mm. Ex-Berkeley, CA collection. #AE2658: $275

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Beautiful steatite scarab. Nicely detailed top, the base engraved with a lion walking right. Very thick, probably once adorned an important ring. 16 mm (5/8"). #AE2360: $325


2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Gorgeous glazed steatite scarab. On base, the "An-Re" spell between spirals, protective signs above. 15 mm. Gorgeous detail! #AE2619: $399

New Kingdom, c. 1570 – 1075 BC. Steatite scarab with a Sphinx! The body nicely carved with good style and detail, on the base, a seated sphinx facing right, a solar barge above. 14 x 10mm. Well-preserved, holed lengthwise for suspension. Ex-J. Rilling collection, Orange County, CA. #AE2526: $325


New Kingdom, c. 1504-1450 BC. Nice steatite scarab with cartouche of Thutmose III. Beautifully carved, the legs nicely detailed, on base the cartouche of Thutmose III, along with a bee. Translates to "Sedge and the bee, lord of the 2 lands" (men-khepre-re). L: 17 mm. #AE2628: $450 SOLD

New Kingdom, 1570-1070 BC. Steatite scarab, the base engraved with a lion or bull reclining, wearing double plumes, winged vulture above. L: 15 mm. Nice deep-cut detail. #AE2635: $350

Late Period, c. 664 – 30 BC. Nice large green faience button scarab. The body well-formed with good color, a loop for attachment to the bandages of the mummy on the underside. Good color. 24 x 19mm. Ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts, deaccession. #AE2371: $399


2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Steatite scarab. The body nicely carved, the base engraved with a lotus flower between stylized Red Crowns of the Delta region. 15x11mm. Well-preserved, holed lengthwise for suspension. Ex-George W. Roberts collection, West Chester, PA. #AE2507: $250


Late Period, c. 664-332 BC. Small steatite scarab. Nicely-carved top and sides, the base with "Amun" and an "X". L: 10.5 mm, nice green glaze. Ex-CT collection. #AE2634: $175

Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab. Beautiful blue glaze still remains! Depicts a lion attacking a crocodile. 20 mm. Big and chunky! #scb8634: $225

Second Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Neat steatite scarab, the base engraved with a pair of 'Nefer' signs inbetween 'Ankhs'. A Good Luck / Good Health charm. L: 15 mm (5/8"), traces of blue glaze. ex-J. Rilling collection, Orange County, CA. #AE2227: $299


New Kingdom, c. 1504-1450 BC. Nice steatite scarab with cartouche of Thutmose III. Beautifully carved, the legs nicely detailed, on base the cartouche of Thutmose III, along with Ma'at (symbolizing "just") and a vulture above (a symbol of protection). L: 17 mm. #AE2603: $425


Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Gorgeous carved amethyst scarab. Very thick construction, once likely once adorned a ring or other piece of jewelry. 13 mm (1/2"). #AE2347: $299


2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750-1570 BC. Steatite scarab engraved with a nice enclosed interlocking cord pattern. Stripe of grayidh wear down body indicates it likely adorned a ring in antiquity! L: 21 mm. Ex-Berkeley, CA collection. #AE2659: $250

Nice 2nd Intermediate steatite cowroid with kneeling goddess, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Carved with large collars around the suspension holes imitating a metal mount, the base with central kneeling goddess holding a staff, nefer & uraeus. 20mm. Ex Royal Athena Gallery, New York. #0611077: $325


Late Period, c. 664-535 BC. Lovely purplish-brown stone scarab, the base engraved with heiroglyphic signs for luck and protection. L: 14 mm. #AE2630: $350

Late Period (664 - 535 BC). Very large carved quartzite stone button-scarab from Upper Egypt. Deep-etched designs, high arched body. #AE2356: $150

Late Period, c. 664-332 BC. Steatite scaraboid/plaque. Top engraved with a duck or crane, 'Amun-Re' and an 'X' on bottom. 13x9 mm. Holed-through for suspension. #AE2638: $199

Late Period, 25th-26th Dynasty, c. 746-525 BC. Steatite scarab depicting a lion and a coiled serpent above a crocodile, the amuletic cartouche of Thutmose III above. L: 15 mm. Deep-cut detail! #AE2640: $325

New Kingdom, 1570 - 1070 BC. Nice steatite scarab. On base heiroglyphics reading "Amun-Re". Chipped on edge but otherwise nice! 13 mm. #scb9600: $225


Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab, the base engraved with a deity with an erect uraeus (cobra) before. Damaged in antiquity and glue applied in the mid-20th century. L: 17 mm. ex-Ex CT private collection. A budget example! #AE2641: $99

New Kingdom, c. 1504-1450 BC. Fantastic steatite scarab with cartouche of Thutmose III. Beautifully carved, the legs nicely detailed, on base the cartouche of Thutmose III, along with a sphinx and bound captive. It represents the pharaoh as a sphinx trampling his enemies. L: 16 mm. Beautiful detail! #AE2605: $550


2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Great steatite scarab. The body nicely carved with well-cut legs; on base Pharaoh in a boat holding bow, a baboon sits before holding a palm frond. A nicely carved scene including background line. 16 x 11mm. Holed lengthwise for suspension. Ex-J Rilling coll. Orange County CA. #AE2660: $375

New Kingdom, 1570 - 1070 BC. Steatite scarab. Depicts standing Horus falcon with double crown of unified Upper and Lower Egypt, small animal behind,
uraeus (cobra) in front. Deep relief on bottom, nicely detailed top. 16 mm. #8783: $299

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Steatite scarab, the base engraved with heiroglyphic signs for luck, health & well-being (Sceptres, Nefer signs, Ankh and Ua). Top likely once held inlays. L: 17 mm. Rare form! #AE2631: $299


Late Period (664 - 535 BC). Very large carved stone button-scarab from Upper Egypt. Deep-etched designs, high arched body. 24x20x13 mm! #AE2136: $199

New Kingdom, 1570-1070 BC. Steatite scarab with a sphinx! Kneeling Ma'at before, Amun-Re above. L: 14 mm. Chipped edges, nice blue-green color. #AE2633: $275

Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab, cross-seal design. Tall arched body, silvery-black color, 15 mm. #AE2130: $150

Egypt. 2nd Intermediate Period, 1750-1570 BC. Nice steatite scarab with a crocodile and a horned goat. Base nicely carved with texturing. The legs are well cut. 20 mm. #091060: $275


New Kingdom, 1570 - 1070 BC. Steatite scarab. Nicely-detailed top, the base engraved with 2 uraeii (cobras). 13 mm. Much nicer than photo! #AE2173: $250

Egypt. 2nd Intermediate Period, 1750-1570 BC. Large steatite scarab The base depicts a quaruped with curled tail between 2 uraeii (erect cobras). Brown color, traces of glaze. L: 19 mm. Better in-hand! #AE2626: $175

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Steatite scarab, the base engraved with a large Eye of Horus above three 'Nefer' signs, all for protection and good fortune. 14 x 9mm. Ex Hamdy Sakr collection; previously in the private collection of Alex Anckonie III, acquired during his time in the Navy in the 1960's - 1970's. #AE2648: $250

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New Kingdom, c. 1504-1450 BC. Nice steatite scarab with cartouche of Thutmose III. Beautifully carved, the legs nicely detailed, on base the cartouche of Thutmose III, along with a bee. Translates to "Sedge and the bee, lord of the 2 lands" (men-khepre-re). L: 17 mm. #AE2604: $425


Ancient Egypt. Middle Kingdom, 2040-1786 BC. Phenomenal carnelian button scarab. Finely carved top, high arched body and splayed legs. Holed through underside for suspension. Nice detail, deep red color. L: 16 mm (11/16"). ex-West Palm Beach, FL collection. #AE2620: $499

Third Intermediate to Late Period, c. 1075-332 BC. Large steatite scarab. The base engraved with the pharaoh in adoration before a mummiform deity (possibly Osiris) wearing a false beard, winged vulture above. L: 20 mm. Likely once adorned a ring. Images of Osiris are quite scarce! #AE2632: $325

New Kingdom, 1570-1070 BC. Steatite scarab, engraved with Isis wearing plumed headdress. L: 13 mm. Chipped edges, but beautiful style! #AE2637: $325

New Kingdom, c. 1570 - 1075 BC. Nice blue frit scarab with floral scroll motif on base. Well-defined legs and detail. L: 13 mm (1/2"). ex-J. Rilling collection, Orange County, CA. #AE2535: $250


Second Intermediate Period, 1786-1567 BC. Steatite scarab. Stylized animal facing a Djed pillar. 13.5 mm. Once adorned a ring! #578846: $150

Egypt, New Kingdom, c.1570 - 1075 BC. Steatite scarab with name of Maat-Hethes-Ra, which is a private name. Cf. Petrie, Scarabs, pl. LIV (as 26th Dynasty), no. 14. 11.5 mm. Great detail, much better than photo! #23359: $350

Late Period Egypt, 664-535 BC. Carved green-stone "button" scarab. Lovely piece with nicely detailed features. Holed through for wearing. 21 mm long. #1673: $199


Middle Kingdom Egypt, c. 2040-1786 BC. Lovely carved rock-crystal scarab. Thick construction, once likely once adorned a ring or other piece of jewelry. 13 mm (1/2"). #AE2357: $225


Late Period, c. 664-332 BC. Steatite scaraboid/plaque. Top engraved with a duck or crane, 'Amun-Re' and an 'X' on bottom. 11x8 mm. Holed-through for suspension. Nice green color. #AE2639: $199

New Kingdom, c. 1570 - 1075 BC. Nice steatite scarab. The body well-formed with heiroglyphic signs pertaining to Amun-Re on the base. 16 x 12mm. Nicely detailed sides, remains of greenish glaze. Ex Hamdy Sakr collection; previously in the private collection of Alex Anckonie III, acquired during his time in the Navy in the 1960's - 1970's. #AE2649: $250

Ancient Egypt. New Kingdom, c. 1570 – 1075 BC. Incredible large red faience scarab. Well-defined high-arched body, the base engraved with the head of Horus, the falcon god. 21 mm (13/16"), great red color, deep-cut detail. Ex Hamdy Sakr collection; previously in the private collection of Alex Anckonie III, acquired during his time in the Navy in the 1960's - 1970's. #AE2255: $450

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 - 1570 BC. Large steatite scarab with a sphinx! The body nicely carved with trapezoidal head and double grooved legs, the base with a neatly carved image of a human-head sphinx confronted by a uraeus. 22 x 16mm. Holed lengthwise for suspension. Ex Los Angeles private collection. #AE2492: $399

2nd Intermediate Period, 1786- 1567 BC. Incredible large steatite scarab. The base engraved with a standing Horus as falcon-god, holding jackal-headed staff of Anubis, large uraeus (cobra) to left, "neb" to right. Well-defined body and wide base. Whitish-gray color, light earthen deposits. L: 23 mm. ex-Santa Barbara County, CA scholastic collection. #AE2612: $450
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2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1750 – 1570 BC. Steatite scarab with remnants of original bronze wire emerging from longitudal suspension hole, originally part of a ring! The body nicely carved with grooved legs; on base pharaoh standing next to a cartouche containing the 'An-Ra' formula. 33 x 14mm. Light deposits. For an interesting dissertation about the 'An-Ra' scarab type Cf. Fiona Richards, The Anra Scarab: An Archaeological and Historical Approach. BAR. 2001. Ex Orange County private collection. #AE2625: $399


New Kingdom Egypt, c. 1570-1070 BC. Incredible steatite scaraboid in the form of a swan! The top highly detailed depicting a sleeping bird, the base engraved with Taweret, the hippo goddess of fertility and childbirth, holding an ankh (symbolizing "life"). L: 13 mm (1/2"). A mini-masterpiece! ex- West Palm Beach, FL collection. #AE2616: $550


Late Period Egypt, c. 664-535 BC. Large red GLASS scarab! The base depicting a standing deity next to an amuletic cartouche of Thutmose III (who reigned much earlier), "men-khepre-re". L: 23 mm (29/32"). Very rare in glass! ex-Hamdy Sakr collection, London, acquired in the 1960's. #AE2253: $350


New Kingdom, 1550-1077 BC. Great steatite scarab, the base engraved with a central kheper (scarab), a "Nefer" and "Ankh". NFR-XPR-ANX: "Beautiful Rebirth." Nicely detailed sides & legs, silvery-white color. L: 17 mm. Comes with a museum-quality stamp impression. ex-David Liebert, The Time Machine, New York. #AE2642: $399


New Kingdom, 1550-1077 BC. Great steatite scarab, the base engraved with a central kheper (scarab), and two "Nefers". JFR-NFR: "Beauty of Rebirth." Chipped on top, silvery-white color. L: 15 mm. Comes with a museum-quality stamp impression. ex-David Liebert, The Time Machine, New York. #AE2646: $299

Ancient Egypt. Middle Kingdom, 2040-1786 BC. Small carnelian scarab, set into a custom .925 silver swivel ring. Finely carved top, the underside with heiroglyphic signs which may have been added later. Holed through for suspension. Nice detail, deep red color. Scarab measures 14 mm; ring about US size 6 1/2 to 7. Scarab ex-West Palm Beach, FL collection. #AE2618: $450


A Small Collection of Scarabs from the Bob Brier Collection
Bob Brier, a.k.a. "Mr. Mummy", American Egyptologist,
Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University and author of several books on Ancient Egypt.
All ex-Bob Brier Collection; From the Dr. John N. Winnie Collection. Ex-CNG.


2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Intact, pierced for mounting. 15x10mm. #cng287799: $325

2nd Intermediate Period, c. 1650-1550 BC. Steatite scarab. Base engraved with a crossed pattern. Cf. Matouk II, 2216. Small edge chips, once glazed, pierced for mounting. 14x10mm. #cng287808: $299

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New Kingdom, c. 1570 – 1075 BC. Gorgeous steatite scarab. Nicely-formed with well-detailed top and legs, the base engraved with a duck and heiroglyphs reading "S-Ra" (Son of Ra). Beautiful blue glaze, deep-cut detail. L: 13 mm. #AE2611: $425 SOLD



New Kingdom, c. 1504-1450 BC. Fantastic steatite scarab with cartouche of Thutmose III. On base the cartouche of Thutmose III, flanked by 2 uraeii (cobras). Great deep reddish to green color. L: 15 mm. ex-Santa Barbara County, CA scholastic collection. #AE2613: $399
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