This wonderful brooch is an exceptional representation of Egyptian Revival, a style that flourished in the 1920's after the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb.
The brooch features a beautifully carved faience stone (not quite pottery, not quite stone).
Egyptian faience is a non-clay based ceramic displaying surface vitrification which creates a bright lustre of various blue-green colours.
The photos show this more brown than its real color of a greenish, tan, blue color.
The center is in the shape of a classic Egyptian scarab in a bezel-set.
This scarab is accented by some green enameling in the deeper crevices really making the detail stand out.
The reverse of the brooch features a simple, age appropriate straight pin and "C" hook as well as a stamped mark. The mark is so old that it has since been worn to the point of being indiscernible.
The scarab sits in the center of detailed wings. There are two iconic asps on either side of the stone.
This brooch tests positive for sterling silver .925 and exhibits only minor wear.
The dung beetle, Scarabaeus Sacer, was thought by the ancient Egyptians to represent the sun. The symbol of the god Khepera rolled the ball of the sun across the sky to "rebirth" every morning. To them, the scarab represented new life, resurrection and rebirth.
The Egyptians often placed the scarab on the pharaoh's chest in his tomb to carry his spirit safely to the afterlife.
The snakes, or asps, on each side of the scarab represent protection and rebirth in Egyptian symbology.
This brooch has great character and weight. The color of the scarab is a matte mossy green and has a wonderful tactile feel. It is a very detailed and beautiful brooch.
Measurements: 2 ¾" long (wingspan), 7/8" at widest point, scarab measures 3/8" deep, brooch is ¾" deep Weight: 13.8 grams