Egyptian Scarab Cigarette Case

This beautiful sterling silver cigarette case is circa 1920's and depicts a Scarab beetle with it wings outstretched holding the sun god Horus. The word Scarab originates from the Latin Scarabaeus, a beetle, the ancient Egyptian symbol of longevity usually combining representations of the sacred insect with a pellet suggesting the sun, the whole sacred to the sun-god.  Sometimes the venerated beetle as a living soul is shown with outstretched wings or with the horned head of a ram.  Scarabs often are inscribed with mottos or other similar lettering.




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