Ancient Egyptians noticed that the Dung Beetle rolled its dung into a ball to lay its eggs. The rolling of the ball was like the movement of the sun across the sky. That is how their god Khepri came to be shaped like a beetle and to be reborn every morning to make day happen.
The Western world began its love affair with Egypt with Napoleon I’s expedition in 1798. Along with his armies, he brought along scientists and artists who delved into the ancient Pharaohs and the exotic history of the land.
The affinity for the Egyptian aesthetic continued into the next century, and hit another peak in 1922, with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb by Howard Carter--one of the only Egyptian royal tombs to be found completely intact.
This fantastic brooch features a beautifully intact micromosaic scarab in the center, vibrantly depicted in green, orange and yellow tessarae. Flanked by two leaves in rich 14 karat yellow gold, it is a super fine example of the Egyptian Revival period, as well as the Victorian trend of collecting micromosaics on their Grand Tours. A fabulous piece, and one that any serious collector will covet!
Weight: 26.1 grams
Materials: Gold, Glass Tessarae Tiles
Metal: 14K yellow gold
Condition: Excellent Antique condition