Ancient Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Scarab Pendant with Lapis Beads and Gold
Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold
The necklace is 21 ½ inches (54.6 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 19 gm.
A necklace of seventy-six lapis lazuli beads alternating with seventy-four 20 k gold flared tube beads with an ancient Egyptian lapus lazuli scarab pendant in a gold mount. The scarab is 1.6 cm in height, 9 mm in width and 6.3 mm in thickness. A pair of gold wires with a boss on the end is threaded through the drilled perforation and passes through another gold boss and a sleeve. The two wires are coiled outwards on either side in order to make a loop for suspension. The lapis lazuli beads graduate in size to the back of the necklace: the largest is 4.5 mm and the smallest is 3.4 mm in width. The gold tube beads are 2.5 mm in length and 3 mm in width at the center decreasing to 2.5 mm in width as the sizes decrease towards the back of the necklace. A 20k gold clasp and beading tips complete the necklace. The scarab beetle was the most popular amulet in ancient Egypt. The dung beetle pushes a ball of dung containing its eggs in front of itself. The ancient Egyptians associated this with pushing the sun up out of the underworld and across the sky. The word for the scarab beetle (“kephri”) is from the word which means “to emerge.” Since the beetles seem to be created out of nothing when they hatch out of the ball of dung, Kephri is also the god of creation. Sometimes the eggs are laid in carrion; this association is that life emerges out of death, so the meaning is resurrection. For this reason, a scarab was included in the wrappings of the mummies to ensure the person would be resurrected in the afterlife. It is a protector and generator of the life force and employs the powers of the sun to sustain life.