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CNG 91, Lot: 1751. Estimate $750.
Sold for $575. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Late Period. Circa 664-342 BC. Blue faience composite winged scarab (body 85x44mm, wings 29x25mm each). Body and wings decorated on the back, unadorned on base. Seven holes for attachment on the body, three on each wing. Intact with some earthen encrustation.

Scarabs with wings became popular from the 25th Dynasty onwards, their use exclusively funerary. The wings would be attached to the body and then stitched onto the mummy wrappings over the chest or incorporated into the bead-net covering the mummies.