Khnum Basalt Stone Carved Egyptian Scarab
This scarab is carved from Basalt stone and has been well polished.
Khnum is one of the most ancient gods of Egypt, whose worship is thought to have been popular as early as the Predynastic Period.
Khnum was originally a water god who was thought to rule over all water, including the rivers and lakes of the underworld. He was associated with the source of the Nile, and ensured that the inundation deposited enough precious black silt onto the river banks to make them fertile.
The Egyptian scarab was closely connected with the sun god Khepri, who brought the sunrise over the horizon each day. Thus, it became a symbol of rebirth, regeneration, and protection in the afterlife.
Scarabs are often found inscribed with the names of pharaohs and more rarely with the names of their queens and other members of the royal family. Generally, the better established and longer reigning a king was, the more scarabs are found bearing one or more of his names.
Scarabs were also used in protection amulets, and in regeneration amulets.X
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