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[Ar]

A stone image of the sacred dung beetle of the Egyptians, an insect with black wings of the genus Scarabeus. Amulets and other pieces of ornament in which there was a gem engraved with a scarab were often worn in ancient Egypt as symbols of fertility. Many beautifully carved examples have been found in tombs and were used as replacements for the heart during the embalming process.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE) — Archaeology.


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