The Scarab in Paragon of Design by Skrocki's Pieces

Copper scarab necklace with sterling silver chain
Copper scarab necklace with sterling silver chain

The multi-coloured winged scarab.

This sarcophagus below was actually photographed in Oslo, Norway. It was perhaps on loan from Egypt. The plaque read "The priestly cache from Deir-el Bahri."
"The contents of this "tomb" come from a sensational find made in 1891 at Deir el-Bahri west of modern Luxor. A hidden tomb was discovered on the plain in front of the Temple of Hatshepsut. The tomb was filled with coffins stacked on top of one another by the entrance, along the walls and in the inner burial chamber. The grave was probably intended for a high-ranking priest and his family before it was converted into a tomb for several priests, to keep the mummies safe from robbers." The large winged scarab was one of the better scarabs we have photographed any where in the world, mostly because the large Egyptian museum in Cairo would not allow photography.
 
We took this trip 7-8 years ago just when I was starting the  business. We literally took around 3000 pictures (that is a conservative estimate) between the three of us (Tanner, my sister and myself). Some of the pictures barely turned out of the scarabs and some turned out quite amazing. The scarab intaglio (a technique where the image is cut into something) on the left represented to me what looked like a scarab holding up or raising the sun. I therefore created something similar in our jewelery pieces. Our guide had told us, basically the same thing that is on Wikipedia,  that "In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra is seen to roll across the sky each day, transforming bodies and souls. Beetles of the Scarabaeidae family (dung beetle) roll dung into a ball as food and as a brood chamber in which to lay eggs that are later transformed into larvae. For these reasons the scarab was seen as a symbol of this heavenly cycle and of the idea of rebirth or regeneration. The Egyptian god Khepri, Ra as the rising sun, was often depicted as a scarab beetle or as a scarab beetle-headed man. The ancient Egyptians believed that Khepri renewed the sun every day before rolling it above the horizon, then carried it through the other world after sunset, only to renew it, again, the next day." (1)

handmade scarab pendant and earrings

Matching scarab earring and pendant set.

 

Handmade leather scarab mask Handmade leather Egyptian mask

Our masks show a scarab ready to roll/raise the "sun" across the sky.

 

 

 

Pyramind of Djoser- an archeological remain in the Saqqara necropolis in Egypt.

 

Scarab foot prints near some of Egypt's earliest pyramids, known as step pyramids.

The Monumental Scarab at The Temple of Amun at Karnak in Egypt. The guide told use that tourists used to be able to touch the scarab for "luck." Unfortunately, this is no longer permitted as the sheer number of tourists touching the monument began to wear away the details of the sculpture.


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