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Glazed composition (faience) scarab; mould-made; decorated with a lion walking to the right, upright tail, curling inwards; indistinct triangular-shaped item extending from the animal's front paw; dart-like motif in the field above, and a triangular motif behind the tail; the field is defined by an incised groove; the scarab is perforated longitudinally for suspension.
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Length: 1.60 centimetres
Width: 1.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For other examples of scarabs from Amathus, including many with archaeological contexts, see Forgeau 1986 and Clerc 1991. Clerc et al. 1976 discusses many contextualised examples from cultic contexts in Kition. Forgeau (171-6) and Lagarce (in Clerc et al. 1976, 167-74) provide useful overviews of the use and significance of scarabs (along with other Egyptianizing amulets) on Cyprus which often differ from those found in Egyptian contexts.
Clerc G. 1991, 'Aegyptiaca', in eds V. Karageorghis et al., La nécrople d'Amathonte Tombes 110-385. V (Nicosia), 1-50.
Clerc G. et al. 1976, Fouilles de Kition. II. Objets égyptiens et égyptisants (Nicosia).
Forgeau A. 1986, 'Scarabées, scaraboïdes et cônes', in R. Laffineur et al., Amathonte III. Testimonia 3 (Paris), 135-176.
- Not on display
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- Greek and Roman
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