Winged Scarab



Winged Scarab


after 722 BC


Late Period or later


Faience, linen
1 5/16 x 3 7/8 x 1/8 in. (3.3 x 9.8 x 0.3 cm)

Object Number

1921.066 A/B


The powerful regenerative symbolism of the scarab accounts for its popularity as a funerary amulet. Large winged scarabs were sewn onto mummy wrappings or incorporated into bead-net shrouds. These compositions could be made out of faience or beadwork, as in this example.

During the Late Period, the ancient Egyptians adorned their mummies with networks of beads. Winged scarab pectorals were often sewn into these nets as were other images of gods and goddesses.

Credit Line

Collected by William A. Shelton, funded by John A. Manget


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, February September 2001 - Present
Peter Lacovara and Betsy Teasley Trope, The Realm of Osiris (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum 2001), 58.


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“Winged Scarab,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 11, 2018,

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