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Scarab Set in a Ring Bezel

A giraffe is the central image on the base of this scarab, which was once part of a ring. This animal was associated with prophecy. Thus, the giraffe, in combination with the heiroglyphs on either side of it, predicted a "life of all good things" for the scarab's owner.

Credit: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 ...
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c. 1504-1425 B.C.
Glazed steatite, electrum
0.6 x 0.4 x 0.2 in
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2020

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