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Stone Scorpion


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Title/s

Stone Scorpion

Category

figure

Name

figurine

Description

Stone figure of a scorpion. One of several found in this temple deposit and possibly a reference to the 'Scorpion King' who ruled before Narmer (the first king whose name we know). Scopions were also believed to protect as well as threaten. Here, in a royal context it seems more likely that the animal protected the king because of its close association with early Egyptian royalty. This type of stone is called steatite and was only used for smaller scale objects such as this. It is a soft stone and easy to carve.

Field Collection

Hierakonpolis Egypt

Dimensions

height 10.5 cm

Period

Predynastic
Early Dynastic

Date

about 3000 B.C. — 2500 B.C.

Provenance

given: Egyptian Research Account 1898 (Filtered for: Antiquities)

Documentation

  1. Adams, B.
    Ancient Hierakonpolis
    [comments: p.129]
  2. Friedman, F.D.
    (1998) Gifts of the Nile : ancient Egyptian faience (1998)
    [comments: no.8, p.68, 178]
  3. Quibell, J.
    Green, F.W.
    (1902) Hierakonpolis II (1902)
    [comments: pl.48a column 3]

Material/s

steatite

Accession Number

E.11.1898 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49551; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-12)

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