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Persia, Hellenistic period, 4th-1st century BC. The scarab talisman finely carved and incised, with a seal to the underside, and pierced to allow for suspension as an amulet. Scarabs were popular amulets and impression seals in ancient Egypt, a symbol for rebirth and regeneration which from the Middle Bronze Age (2100–1550 BC) spread across the Mediterranean and Middle East. This piece was found near Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persia.

This piece was personally examined by Burmese American archaeologist and gemologist Terence Tan and Hungarian gemologist Dr. József Takács. Their analysis finds that the stone is a lapis lazuli of excellent quality from Afghanistan and the scarab is original, ancient, cut by hand with carving, chiseling, boring, and grinding. The color of the stone is original with no traces of dye in the recesses. The stone has been cleaned in a tumbler and re-polished by hand, preserving the fine ancient patina. The holes are ancient, irregular, and funnel-shaped. There are no traces of use of modern tools. A certificate signed by Dr. Zelnik attesting to the above will be handed to the winning bidder upon request.

Provenance: Ex-collection of the imperial family of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran (a letter of provenance signed by Dr. Zelnik will be handed out to the winning bidder upon request). Ex-Collection of The Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum, acquired from the above. Institutional art collection in Belgium, acquired from the above.
Condition: Very good condition with expected minor traces of age and wear.

Weight: 3.0 g
Dimensions: Size 0.8 x 1.7 cm

Buy now for €700


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