Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a 14kt. yellow gold scarab PENDANT/FOB. An extraordinary piece, it features an ancient Steatite scarab from the New Kingdom period (roughly 1650 BC -1085 BC). The frame, made in the Victorian era during the period of Egyptian tomb discovery, is decorated with lotus blossoms. Lotus have been featured extensively throughout the art of ancient Egypt. In various works of art, it may be held in the hand of a god or human, serving as a border to outline a section of the artwork, or unfolding to reveal various gods or humans, and many other depictions. To the ancient Egyptians, a lotus bud or sesen was a symbol of rebirth. It closes in the evening and falls to the water, but in the morning it opens and is lifted above the surface. Its behavior emulates that of the sun. Because of this rising and setting, it is also a symbol of death and rebirth. According to one creation myth, a giant lotus emerged from the watery chaos at the beginning of time. Out of its center, the sun itself rose on the first morning. The ancient Egyptians maintained that the sun was propelled across the heavens by means of a scarab, or sacred beetle. With the passing of time, the Egyptians created a series of amulets in the form of this beetle in a great variety of materials, and these were routinely provided with inscriptions in hieroglyphs conveniently accommodated to their stylized flat bottoms. This scarab features a flat back surface with hieroglyphs. There is the standard rounded top which looks like a scarab beetle, but the interesting feature of this piece is that the scarab swivels on a pivot in the frame, so that you can wear either side facing forward. The gold is rich and bloomed and features a nice hammered appearance. This piece can be worn as a pendant, or some type of fob. It is quite large 2" tall X 1-1/4" wide. The frame is in excellent condition, the scarab is quite old. The piece weighs 23.4 grams.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing.
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