The Collection of Senex Caecilius

The objects on the left are an Egyptian faience ushabti and two faience scarabs. The brown scarab shows the ventral surface inscribed with hieroglyphs; the blue one, the dorsal without. All items are reproductions, not originals.

A short article by Pat Remler explains the roles of the mummiform statuettes called ushabti in Egyptian burials and describes their various characteristic features.

A related paragraph explains the use of the scarabs as ornaments and amulets by the ancient Egyptians.

For additional information, you can consult these resources:

  • An illustrated paper by Elaine A. Evans provides information about the uses of scarabs as seals, ornamentation, and charms as well as their forms, types, and symbolism.
  • An illustrated essay from cultural entomology by Yves Cambefort deals with Beetles as Religious Symbols, including one section devoted to the scarab of Ancient Egypt.
  • Although a commercial site, the Sadigh gallery provides images of Egyptian jewelry and artifacts that are for sale, including mummybeads, amulets, ushabti, and scarabs.
  • A photograph depicts the model for the Sacred Scarab of Egypt, the common Egyptian dung-beetle Scarabaeus sacer.

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