Mounted Scarab Incised with Nefer Sign in Scroll Border

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109

The majority of design scarabs of the late Middle Kingdom (late Dynasty 12–Dynasty 13, ca. 1850–1640 B.C.) are decorated with symmetric compositions of protective hieroglyphs and/or scrolls. Decorative scroll borders are very popular and enclose one or more hieroglyphs, which usually include the sign for good and beautiful (nefer).

Mounted Scarab Incised with Nefer Sign in Scroll Border, Steatite, gold

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