Antique Silver, Enamel & Preserved Scarab Brooch

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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 1921, with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. 

This antique Egyptian Revival brooch has a preserved scarab set in sterling silver with enamel accents. The bright iridescent green of the insect is so well preserved, this could have been assembled yesterday! Little silver legs and colorful enameled wings create an over-the-top Egyptian Revival piece. This is a wonderful brooch for anyone who loves the unusual and rare little treasures of the past!

Details (approximate)

Dimensions: 2.6cm x 1.6cm

Weight: 4.2 grams

Materials: Silver, Enamel, Preserved Scarab

Metal: Silver

Marks: 800

Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear