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OFFERING BOWL EGYPTIAN Scarab  Handmade Raku Pottery

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OFFERING BOWL EGYPTIAN Scarab Handmade by Diane De Baun is Raku fired in turquoise with rainbow gold rim

6 inches in diameter.

Information and quotes below from EGYPTIAN MAGIC by Sir Wallis Budge (University Books)Library of Congress Card Catalog Number 58-8302 dated 1899.: The Scarab is an important creature in Ancient Egypt and even today. The name of the scarab is khper or "he who rolls" as the scarabs roll a ball of dung from east to west and on then digs a hole and buries it for 28 days. On the 29th day it is uncovered, the dung ball opened and thrown into water from which the scarabaei (babies) come out. The scarab also flies during the hottest part of the day. These facts brought the Ancient Egyptians to associate the scarab with Khepera, the god who rolled the sun across the sky (east to west). Khepera was the god of inert matter about to begin existence and so he was the god of resurrection and because the scarab was identified with Khepera the insect became the symbol of the god and that particular type of resurrection. Important amulets of the scarab,(the amulet of the heart) are found of many different stones with words of power inscribed on them. At death the heart is removed and a hard green stone with a scarab and words of power is made and placed as a protection for the physical heart (in a canopic jar) preventing it from being carried off by "those who plunder hearts". It also the scarab amulet brings new life and existence to the body it is attached to. Occasionally scarab amulets had at their base, a heart showing the relationship which exists between the two. The Egyptians started wearing scarabs as ornament after the custom of burying scarabs was recognized. From there the amulets passed into use in West Asia and several other countries of the Mediterranean with basically the same ideas attached to it. "From a Greek magical papyrus translated by Goodwin1 we may see that certain solemn ceremonies were performed over a scarab before it was worn, even in the period of the rule of the Greeks and Romans. Thus about the "ring of Horus" and the "ceremony of the beetle" we are told to take a beetle, sculptured as described below, and to place it on ta paper table, and under the table there shall be a pure linen cloth; under it put some olive wood, and set on the middle of the table a small censer wherein myrrh and kyphi shall be offered. And have at hand lilies, or myrrh, or cinnamon, shall be put, and take the ring and lay it in the ointment, have first made it pure and clean, and offer it up in the censer with kypi and myrrh; leave the ring for three days, and take it out and put it in a safe place. At the celebration let there lie near at hand some pure loaves, and such fruits are in season, and having made another sacrifice upon vine sticks, during the sacrifice take the ring out of the ointment, and anoint thyself with the unction from it. Thou shalt anoint thyself early in the morning, and turning towards the east shalt pronounce the words written below. The beetle shall be carved out of a precious emerald; bore it and pass a gold wire through it, and beneath the beetle carve the holy Isis, and having consecrated it as above written, use it. The proper days for the celebration were the 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th 14th 16th, 21st, 24th and 25th, from the beginning of the month; on other days abstain. The spell to be recited began, "I am Thoth, "the inventor and founder of medicines and letters;"come to me, thou that art under the earth, rise up to "me, thou great spirit." 1Fragment of a Graeco-Egyptian Work upon Magic (Publications of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1852

OFFERING BOWL EGYPTIAN Scarab Handmade Raku Pottery