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Egyptian scarab with human head. The base is inscribed with hieroglyphs to form an impression seal. Egyptian. New Kingdom. Around 1570 BC -1320 BC. Original provenance unknown. José Fernandez López collection. Museum of Pontevedra.
Measurements: 87x58x63 cm.
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The ancient Egyptians believed that the dung beetle, the Scarabaeus sacer, was one of the manifestations of the sun god. Representations of these beetles were used as amulets, and for ritual or administrative purposes The head of this scarab is carved as a human face, the rest of the body as a beetle.