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LARGE Vintage Egyptian Statue Hand Carved Scarab Wadjet Thoth Hapi Apep Khepri For Sale

LARGE Vintage Egyptian Statue Hand Carved Scarab Wadjet Thoth Hapi Apep Khepri


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LARGE Vintage Egyptian Statue Hand Carved Scarab Wadjet Thoth Hapi Apep Khepri:
$275.00

This is a LARGE vintage Egyptian Scarab statue
The top of the scarab depicts stunning images~Thoth represented by the baboon is in the centerHe represents wisdom and weighs the heart.
On either side of the symbol of Thoth is the goddess Wadjet, the symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity and divine authority in ancient Egypt, called 'The Eye of Ra'
At the base of the top of the scarab is the winged scarab,the symbol of the heavenly cycle, rebirth and regeneration.
The base of the scarab bears the image of a pharaoh, possibly Tutankhamun.
Hand carved from either solid calcite or limestoneCondition:
Vintage~ Good overall~There is a chip on the bottom right of the edge of the baseItem Details:
Color~bone white
Length is 14 cm
Base Width is 10 cm
Height is 6 cm
Hand sculpted with hand carved detailing
Piece is solid and heavy for its size
It is a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind Egyptian hand crafted sculpture and was inspired by the ancient treasures uncovered at the site of the great pyramids and tombs of the pharaohs
History:Scarabs are often featured in ancient Egyptian culture,first and foremost as a potent symbol for good luck.Another reason is the actual physical characteristics of the beetle.The spherical proportions of the beetle’s wings,and their glittering reflection lends to the perception of the scarab as a symbol of the rising sun. Accordingly,this very powerful connection also insinuates the scarab to be a protector from evil, symbol of rebirth, regeneration, and transformation.
Baboon God:Meaning: The baboon held several positions in Egyptian mythology. The name of the baboon god {Babi} Baba, who was worshipped in Pre-Dynastic times, may be the origin of the animal's name.
By the time of the Old Kingdom, the baboon was closely associated with the god of wisdom, science and measurement, Thoth. As Thoth's sacred animal, the baboon was often shown directing scribes in their task. As Thoth was a god of the moon, his baboons were often shown wearing the crescent moon on their head (as shown in the statue above). Baboons carried out Thoth's duties as the god of measurement when they were portrayed at the spout of water clocks, and on the scales which weighed the heart of the deceased in the judgement of the dead.
The baboon had several other funerary roles. Baboons were said to guard the first gate of the underworld in the Book of That Which is in the Underworld. In Chapter 155 of the Book of the Dead, four baboons were described as sitting as the corners of a pool of fire in the Afterlife. One of the Four Sons of Horus, Hapy, had the head of a baboon and protected the lungs of the deceased.
Wadjet:Wadjet (Wadjyt, Wadjit, Uto, Uatchet, Edjo, Buto) was one of the oldest Egyptian goddesses. Her worship was already established by the Predynastic Period, but did change somewhat as time progressed. She began as the local goddess of Per-Wadjet (Buto) but soon became a patron goddess of Lower Egypt.
By the end of the Predynastic Period she was considered to be the personification of Lower Egypt rather than a distinct goddess and almost always appeared with her sister Nekhbet (who represented Upper Egypt). The two combined represented the country as a whole and were represented in the "nebty" (on of the pharaoh's names, also known as "the two ladies") which indicated that the king ruled over both parts of Egypt
According to another myth Wadjet was the daughter of Atum (or later Ra) who was sent her as his "eye" to find Tefnut (moisture) and Shu (air) when they were lost in the waters of Nun. He was so happy when they returned that he cried and created the first human beings from his tears. To reward his daughter, he placed her upon his head in the form of a cobra so that she would always be close to him and could act as his protector.
Wadjet and Nekhbet flanking the Eye of HorusShe was one of the goddesses given the title "Eye of Ra" (connecting her to Bast, Hathor, Sekhmet and Tefnut amongst others). In fact the symbol of the "Eye of Ra" was often called "the Wedjat".
Khepri:(Kheper, Khepera, Chepri, Khephir) was associated with the scarab or dung beetle (Scarabaeus sacer), making him one of the most famous insect gods.
He was given a central role in the "book of the dead" ("the book of coming forth by day") and the "amduat" ("the book of that which is in the underworld" or "the book of the secret chamber") and scarab amulets were placed over the heart of the deceased during the mummification ritual. These "heart scarabs" were meant to be weighed against the feather of Ma´at (truth) during the final judgement. Scarabs were often inscribed with a spell from the Book of the Dead which instructed their heart .. "do not stand as a witness against me."
Khepri was soon seen as an aspect of the sun itself, in particular the sun at day break - when it "emerged" from the underworld. He was closely associated with Atum (the creator god), Nefertum (literally "young Atum" or "beautiful Atum") and Ra (who absorbed many of Atum's attributes). Khepri was the emerging sun, Nefertum was the new born sun, Ra was the sun during the day, and Atum was the setting sun. in later funerary texts, Atum and Khepri merged into a ram-headed beetle who was the ultimate expression of the power of life over death.
He is first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts but may well have been well known for some time before that because crude scarabs have been recovered which date from the Neolithic period (7000-5000 BC).


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