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This diorite sculpture is around one and a half meters long and is one of the largest known representations of a scarab beetle. The scarab is one of the enduring symbols of Ancirnt Egypt, representing rebirth and associated with the rising sun. as a hieroglyph the scarab has the phonetic value HPR (kheper) which as a verb means “to come into being”. According to one creation myth, the new-born sun was called Khepri and took the form of a man with a scarab head.

This scarab is thought to be from the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BC) but could be earlier. It may once have stood in an Egyptian temple but it was found in Constantinople (modern Istanbul) in Turkey. It may have been taken from Egypt to Constantinople when the city became the capital of the Later Roman empire in AD 330. The sculpture was bought in the XIX century by Lord Elgin.

Giant sculpture of a scarab beetle


From Constantinople (modern Istanbul), Turkey, Egyptian, perhaps Ptolemaic period, 332-30 BC.
Ht. 91,5 cm. (max).



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