Lot 666: Egyptian Canaanite Scarab
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th century BC. A haematite scarab with carinated upper face, intaglio scene to the underside of a dog leaping on a bull. 7.76 grams, 20mm (3/4"). Property of a London collector; acquired from Alexander Cotton, UK, in late 1970s. The Canaanites came into close contact with their Egyptian neighbours through trade and warfare, with the area being a part of the Egyptian Empire for many centuries until they were pushed out by the Neo-Assyrians and the Achaemenid Persians. Despite being a part of these Empires the kingdom of Canaan developed its own unique culture. One of the most obvious cultural influences from Egypt are the scarab seals that depict either purely Egyptian scenes on the underside, or a mixture of Egyptian and Levantine styles and subjects. Seals of this sort were manufactured in large numbers by Canaanite craftsmen and many were exported to Egypt.
Condition Report: Extremely fine condition.