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Scarab with hieroglyphs

The back of this scarab is decorated with hieroglyphs and a lotus flower. The base shows a symmetric composition of hieroglyphs: the forepart of a lion (“HAt”), the sign “nfr” (‘good, beautiful’), the “wdjAt” eye (‘healthy’), the mouth (“r”), the “djd” column (‘eternity’) and the Red Crown of Lower Egypt. The composition is characteristic for the production of the late Middle Kingdom (mid 12th-13t…