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Stone Scorpion Scarab.  Amulet.  Paperweight.  Figure.  Heliopolis.  Egypt.

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    This large amulet is not really a scarab, even though the scorpion is strongly associated with scarabs.  The reason is that scorpions are common on the belly side of scarab beetle figures.   Scorpions like this are associated with the Egyptian goddess of Serket.  She was… Continue reading

Vintage Relief Khepri Scarab. Hand carved. Paperweight.  Atum.  West Nile Delta Egypt.

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      Khepri was the god of creation, the movement of the sun, and rebirth.  This large replica of an authentic and ancient scarab.  It was hand carved near the city of Sais, in the West Nile Delta.   Ancient Egyptians believe that scarabs (beetles) came out… Continue reading

Old and Rare Single Horned Sin-you with Ruyi Sceptre in Mouth.  Paperweight.  Bronze.  China.

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  Chinese mythology is full of fantastic supernatural and mythical creatures. While Westerners are most familiar with dragons and the phoenix, throughout Asia there are numerous less-known mythological beings.   So to start with, this is not a Kirin, Qilin, Tiam Lu, Pixiu, Zheng, or a number of other hybrid… Continue reading

Scarab Paperweight.  Hieroglyphics.  Handmade. Steatite.  Egypt.

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    A scarab is a dung beetle.  In Egypt, it is part of its ancient religion.  The beetle was associated with the divine manifestation of the early morning sun.   Likenesses of the beetle were frequently made of steatite (talc within a rock – think soapstone). Heiroglyphics… Continue reading
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