Birch, Samuel   [Hrsg.]
Catalogue of the collection of Egyptian antiquities at Alnwick Castle — London, 1880

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1285. Scarabaeus, completely carved but not pierced, § in. long. Serpentine.

1286. Scarabgeus, plain elytra. J in. long. Light-green felspar.

1287. Scarabaeus, yeper, completely carved; no ring beneath. -| in. long.
Green basalt.

1288. Similar scarabaeus. -| in. long. Black basalt.

1289. Scarabaeus, completely carved, plain elytra. 1^ in. long. Black obsidian.

1290. Scarabaeus; on the base, in intaglio, four uraei serpents, facing out-
wards, their tails united at a common centre by an ornament shaped like a
disk and two ovals, a common device on scarabaei: pierced, f in. long. Bluish-
green glazed steatite.

1291. Scarabaeus, plain elytra. ■§ in. long. Light-brown stone.

1292. Scarabaeus, plain elytra, on oval, i in. long. Light-brown limestone.

1293. Scarabaeus, plain elytra; on the base, in intaglio, the forepart of a
lion, holding out its tongue; not Egyptian work. J in. long. Bright-green
glazed steatite.

1294. Scarabaeus, the corselet inlaid with opaque red glass imitating red
jasper, the corselet with similar glass pieces imitating lapis lazuli; on the base
four uraei serpents, their tails interlaced at a common centre, and four oval
objects or wings; a curious and remarkable specimen : pierced, f in. long. Green
glazed steatite.

SYMBOLIC EYES.

One of the most common of the objects of the toilet is the symbolic eye,

, uta, consisting of an eye with two appendages, the one in

front tv^> called "the drop," attached to a spiral line resembling a lituus, the
two being called at. The name of the eye is apparently derived from the root
"sound," or "whole," and the eye itself appears to be the eye of the cow of
Athor, the mystical mother of the Sun, and the object at to represent the
contour of the cheekbone of the cow, or fluid dropping from the eye. The
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