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Faience scorpion, probably part of a necklace as a protective amulet (charm). the head and tail are missing but there is a hole through the centre. 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). Scorpions 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. Faience is a glazed crushed quartz.

Field Collection

Hierakonpolis Egypt


length 2.2 cm


Early Dynastic Period


about 3000 B.C. — 2500 B.C.


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


  1. Quibell, J.
    Green, F.W.
    (1902) Hierakonpolis II (1902)
    [comments: pl. XLVIIIb, centre column]



Accession Number

E.105.1898 (Antiquities)
(Reference Number: 49662; Input Date: 2003-03-25 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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