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CNG 91, Lot: 1729. Estimate $1000.
Sold for $650. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

New Kingdom. Circa 1550-1075 BC. Black basalt scarab (20x14mm). Base inscribed with the formula “When Amon-Ra is behind you, do not fear”. Cf. Ben-Tor p. 71, 4; cf. Jaeger 255; cf. Matouk II, 1771. Small chips on the back, pierced for mounting.

From the Dr. John N. Winnie Collection, purchased from Fragments of Time on 8/12/01.

This scarab belongs to a group which repeats fixed formulas with good wishes and blessings. These scarabs were meant to give protection to their owners. Appearing from the New Kingdom, they remained popular throughout the Late Period.