Winged Scarab Pendant of King Tutankhamun

This golden pendant of cloisonné technique is inlaid with semiprecious stones and colored glass. The central element of the composition is a winged scarab of Libyan desert glass, grasping on one side a lotus and on the other a papyrus flower, flanked by two uraei, or cobras.

Winged Scarab Pendant of Tutankhamun
Winged Scarab Pendant of Tutankhamun

A gold frame outlines the main composition and supports pendants of lotus flowers, papyrus, and poppy seed heads. A slim solar boat rests upon the front feet of the scarab and carries the wadjet eye symbol or Eye of Horus, flanked by two rearing uraei. The wadjet eye is surmounted by a lunar crescent of gold and a silver disk with images of the gods, Thoth and Ra-Horakhty, crowning the central figure of king Tutankhamun.

Winged Scarab Pendant of Tutankhamun. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61884
Winged Scarab Pendant of King Tutankhamun. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61884. Photo: Cris Bouroncle
Winged scarab pendant of Tutankhamun with solar and lunar emblem
Winged scarab pendant of Tutankhamun with solar and lunar emblem

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61884

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