|Date/Era/Period:||Ptolemaic Period After 323-30 B.C.|
Appears to be a set of three tuquoise and soapstone scarabs, each has been incised with decoration on the underside, and they are later in shape and design. The decoration of the beetle is of utmost importance because of the frontal portions which show how the beetle was constructed and carved. Excellent condition.
|Origin:||inherited from a relative who was a member of the American Expedition to Petra in the 1970's|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|Appraiser Comments:||Scarab beetles on the market are the most common and plentiful which means that even though they may have a rich provenance, the values will be exponentially lower. The pieces should come with some documentation if they were discovered at Petra. They were often used as amulets and for decoration of the body of a mummy. These were probably taken away when they were excavated and placed into another location.|
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