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Faience Scorpion: E.107.1898

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Titles

Faience Scorpion

Description

Fragment of a faience figurine of a scorpion. the tail is missing and the front section has surface damage. 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.

Measurements and weight

Length: 5.5 cm

Find spot

  • Hierakonpolis Egypt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1898) by Egyptian Research Account

Dating

Predynastic
Early Dynastic Period
About -3000 - About 2500 -2500

Materials used in production

Faïence

Techniques used in production

Mouldmade

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: E.107.1898
Primary reference Number: 49664
Oldadmincategory: FG
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Figurine" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/49664 Accessed: 2022-01-19 23:37:24

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