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Silver scarab

  • Silver scarab. Obverse © Ministerio de Cultura

    Silver scarab. Obverse © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Rites, worship and beliefs

Date

Early 7th century B.C.

Cultural background

Phoenician

Original title

Escarabeo de plata

Egyptian scarabs, magic and Phoenicians in Mazarrón

Phoenician protective talisman with a silver ring and soap rock stamp. This was the most popular type of amulet at the time.

Its function was to protect whoever was in contact with it and its power lay both in morphology - the scarab transformed into the epiphany of creation - and in iconography.

They originated in the Nile valley and became frequent items all over the Mediterranean from the first half of the first millennium B.C.
 

Details of the work

Origin
La Isla Beach, Mazarrón (Murcia)

Object
Amulet

Dimensions
Length = 15 mm; External diameter = 40 mm; Internal diameter = 20 mm

Technique
Mould

Material
Silver, soap rock

  

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