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Commemorative scarab of the victory of Shabaka
Steatite; inscribed
Centimetres: 9.25 (length), 6.65 (width)
716-702 BC
Late Period; 25th Dynasty; Shabaqo
Area of Origin: Unknown site; Egypt
Area of Use: Unknown site
Ancient Egypt, third floor

Description: In 715 BC, Kushite (Nubian) forces established themselves as the 25th Dynasty rulers of Egypt. This finely carved commemorative scarab celebrates the victory of King Shabaka over Egyptian rebels, foreign peoples and “sand dwellers” (of the Levant) who, fighting among themselves, delivered each other up as prisoners. Charles T. Currelly, founder of the Royal Ontario Museum, purchased this piece in 1910 in Jerusalem, but it was not until 1956 when it was studied by the French specialist, Jean Yoyotte, that its authenticity was established.

Object History: Collected by Dr. C.T. Currelly

Other Media: 3D image of scarab

Publications: 1. Yoyotte, J. 1956. Biblica. 37. p. 457-476.
2. Yoyotte, J. 1958. Biblica. 39. p. 206-210.
3. October 1967. Connoisseur. p. 99-100.

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