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Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom period, 18th Dynasty, reign of Queen Hatshepsut, ca. 1479 to 1458 BCE. A mold-formed faience scarab of a petite size that is covered with lustrous blue-green glaze. The insectile features on the top include a folded wing carapace, retracted legs, and a petite head just above one end of the biconically drilled suspension hole. The underside features a minimalist depiction of an ibis and a heron - both birds associated with Thoth, the ibis-headed god of wisdom - with delineated feathers, curved necks, and slender beaks. Size: 0.5" L x 0.375" W (1.3 cm x 1 cm).
Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection, acquired from Malter Galleries, California, USA, between 1980 and 1995
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Minor nicks to head, wings, and underside, with light fading to original glaze coloration, and light encrustations within some recessed areas, otherwise intact and very good. Nice traces of glaze color and original detailing throughout.