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also, so far as concerns the tombs, and in those in which black and red vases were obtained no scarabs were found ; many specimens were, however, found in a well on the Acropolis," and among them were some inscribed with the prenomen of Thothmes III.,” having all the characteristics of those of the XXVIth dynasty found at Naucratis. The scarabs found at Tharros do not go farther back than the period of Carthaginian supremacy, that is, not farther than the middle of the VIth century B.C.” A steatite scarab, found at
Thebes in Boeotia, inscribed with # dinch “life,” and a winged gryphon wearing the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt $4. belongs to the same period.”
At Kouyunjik there were found two pieces of clay, of the same colour and substance as that employed by Assurbanipal for the tablets of his library, bearing impressions of an Egyptian king slaughtering his enemies, and hieroglyphic inscriptions, probably from a scarab. The king holds a club or weapon in his raised left hand, and his right holds some instrument which rests on the heads of a
number of captives. The inscriptions read
2, meter nefer Shabaka neb dri xet, “Beautiful god,
Shabaka, the lord, maker of things” (the first king of the XXVth dynasty, about B.C. 700). Behind the king
“increase [of power].” In front of the king is the speech of some god M3 ğ. | | | tä-nd nek set nebu, “I give to thee all foreign lands.” The Brit. Mus. Registration Nos. of
these interesting objects are 51–9–2, 43, and 81–2–4, 352; as there is on the former also the impression of the seal of an Assyrian king, it has been thought” that the impression
| No. 132 in Table-Case E in the Kouyunjik Gallery. * Murray, Catalogue of Gems, p. 13. * Brit. Mus. Reg. Nos. 64–10–7, 895, 915, 1998. * Murray, op. cit., p. 13, and King, Antique Gems and Rings, Vol. I. p. 124. * See Layard, Wineveh and Babylon, London, 1867, pp. 173, 174.
Impression of scarabs sound at Nineveh. Use of scarab by Phoenicians.
formed the seal of a treaty between the kings of Egypt and
anch, “life.” Beneath is inscribed in Phoenician characters,
Sonict, YTrio, “Belonging to Hödö the Scribe.” For other examples see the specimens exhibited in the same case. As an example of the adoption of the chalcedony cone by the Phoenicians, see No. 1022, on which is inscribed a man at a fire altar and the name Palzir-shemesh in Phoenician characters. The scarab in relief," with outstretched wings inlaid with blue, red and gold carved upon an ivory panel found at Abu Habbah, about five hours' ride to the southwest of Bagdad, together with a number of miscellaneous ivory objects, is a proof of the knowledge of the scarab in Mesopotamia. That the panel was not carved by an Egyptian workman is very evident.” Scaraboids in agate and crystal, etc., are a small but very interesting class; at times the device is purely Egyptian, and the inscriptions in Phoenician letters are the only additions by the Phoenicians, Brit. Mus. Nos. Io24 and Io96 are tolerably good examples of them. The former is inscribed on the base with three hawks with outspread wings, and two of them have disks on their heads; these, of course, represent the hawk of Horus. The Phoenician inscription gives the name Eliám. The latter is inscribed with a beetle in a square frame, and on the
Use of scarab in Babylonia.
* See Table-Case G in the Nimroud Gallery.
* The two rectangular weights (?) found at Nimroud by Sir A. H. Layard (Wineveh and Babylon, London, 1867, p. 64) have each, on one face, the figure of a scarab inlaid in gold in outline ; the work is excellent, and is a fine example of Phoenician handicraft.
right and left is an uraeus (A ; each end of the perpendicular sides of the frame terminates in # dinch, and above and below it is a figure of Rā, or Horus, hawk-headed, holding a sceptre §. The name, inscribed in Phoenician characters, is “Mer
sekem.” In 1891, while carrying on excavations at Dér, a place about three and a half hours to the south-west of Bag
dad, I obtained a steatite scarab inscribed with an uraeus ov
anch #, and an illegible sign, together with an oval green
every land”; one is inscribed “o § lots, men Cheperd dt Amen, “established of Cheperä, emanation of Amen”
(No. 318), and belong to the same period; one is inscribed with a hawk-headed lion and a hawk (No. 273); one bears the legend, “beautiful lord, lord of two lands,” i.e., the North and South (No. 32 I); one is inscribed with a human-headed
* The numbers are G. 475 and 24,314. * These interesting objects are exhibited in the Assyrian and Babylonian Room, in the Northern Gallery of the British Museum.
Scarabs found at Arbán.
beetle, with outstretched wings, in the field are uraei and !!
of beautiful workmanship (No. 302); and one is inscribed with ~~ s and an uraeus (A having † on its head (No. 307).
The scarab in haematite (No. 313) is inscribed with the figure of a king seated on a throne, and a man standing before
him in adoration; between them is #. With the exception
of this last scarab, it is pretty certain that all belong to the period of the XVIIIth dynasty, for they have all the appearance of such antiquity, and they possess all the delicacy of workmanship found upon scarabs of this time. The design on the haematite scarab appears to be a copy from an Egyptian scarab executed by a foreign workman, but it may be that the hardness of the material made the task of engraving so difficult, that the character of the design was altered in consequence. The presence of these scarabs at Arbán is not difficult to account for. Thothmes I., one of the early kings of the XVIIIth dynasty, carried his victorious arms into Mesopotamia, and set up a tablet to mark the boundary of the Egyptian territory at a place called Ni, on the Euphrates, and the authority of the Egyptians in that land was so great that when Thothmes III. arrived there several years after, he found the tablet still standing. The kings who immediately succeeded Thothmes I. marched into this land, and that their followers should take up quarters on the fertile banks of the Khabúr, and leave behind them scarabs and other relics, is not to be wondered at. The antiquities found at Arbán are of a very miscellaneous character, and, among other things, include an Assyrian colossus inscribed “Palace of Meshezib-Marduk the king” (B.C. 700), and a Chinese glass bottle' inscribed with a verse of the Chinese poet KEIN-TAU, A.D. 827-831 ; it is possible that the scarabs described above may have been brought there at a period subsequent to the XVIIIth dynasty, but, in any case, the objects themselves appear to belong to this period. The Gnostics inscribed the scarab on the gems worn by them, and partly adopted the views concerning it held by the
Use of scarab by the Gnostics.
| British Museum, No. N. 1380.
Egyptians. On an oval slab of green granite, in the British Museum, is inscribed a scarab encircled by a serpent having his tail in his mouth. The same design is found on another oval,” but the beetle has a human head and arms; above the head are rays, and above that the legend EIAAM'P; to the right is a star, to the left a star and crescent, and beneath the hind legs three stars. The scarab is an antiquity which is readily bought from the native of Egypt by modern travellers of every nationality; it is easily carried, and is largely worn as an ornament by ladies in their necklaces, bracelets and rings, and by men in pins and rings. As the number of visitors to Egypt has been steadily increasing for many years past, it follows of necessity that the demand for scarabs has increased also, and the price of these objects has risen in proportion. The late Sir Gardner Wilkinson, during one of his visits to Egypt, anchored his dhahabiyyeh "opposite Kürnah at Thebes, and in the afternoon a native brought him a bag full of scarabs, many hundreds in number, which he had that day taken out of the ground in a tomb from under the coffin of a mummy. These scarabs were of a fine green colour and made of steatite; they were all inscribed with the name and titles of Thothmes III. Sir Gardner Wilkinson bought a handful of these for an English pound, but each scarab might now easily be sold for two pounds. The supply of scarabs varies year by year, some years but few are to be had, and some years they are very common. The supply cannot be inexhaustible, although the demand for them appears to be so. The native has discovered that the European not only wants scarabs, but that he wants scarabs inscribed with the names of particular kings; and as these are not always forthcoming, he has found out the way to make them. The imitation of scarabs by the modern native of Egypt began about sixty years ago. At first the number produced was few, and they were so clumsily made that it was soon apparent that they were forgeries. In later
G. 455, Table-Case N, Fourth Egyptian Room. * G. 483, Table-Case N, Fourth Egyptian Room.
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* Arab. *3
Modern manufacture of scarabs.
Modern manufacture of scarabs.