Sacred Beetle…

by forrest fenn

Many of the objects in my collection are significant in a very small depiction of world history. Most are more interesting than they are important. Nevertheless, it is necessary for me to remember that each piece represents who we once were in a time that used to be, and that I will never be anything more than its temporary custodian.Β 


egyptOn the forum Lia asked about an object pictured in my Egyptian Mummy story. So I made some close-up shots. It’s a faience scarab, the sacred beetle, all-seeing eye. In many cases when humans were mummified, the heart was removed and replaced with a scarab, which lives on forever in the body, thus guaranteeing an afterlife. The belly of this beetle is covered with a Hieroglyphic biography of the recipient. I acquired it in trade from a museum over fifty-years ago. Since it’s attached to a gold chain I wish now I had placed it in Indulgence. Thanks for asking Lia.





58 thoughts on “Sacred Beetle…

  1. Every time you post something from your collection I end up looking up info on the net to find out more about the object. I think I learn more about ancient Egyptian culture from your collection than I did from seeing a Kink Tut exhibit where it was easy to be overwhelmed by all the artifacts! Thanks for sharing your collection with us.

  2. Mr. Fenn,

    Did you ever have the biography translated? Do you know what it is made of? It is amazing, I can see why you traded for it.


  3. Mr. Fenn, I’m a bit in awe, but thank you sir for responding to my question! Truly, you have the most amazing collection and expertise to describe the beauty and history of each piece. We’ll look forward to your translation of the heiroglyph’s message. Thanks again.

  4. 42.424 lbs (including the scarab) would be just perfect, and I hear Goofy has the directions. Very cool! Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s Cleopatra’s cartuche.

  5. Dal, I remember someone saying that the line, “I’ve done it tired and now I’m weak” was taken from another poem or novel. Was that correct? Remember the title or author?

    • Tom-
      Yes..I recall someone saying something like that…
      Maybe they said it sounded similar to lines from another poem..
      But I can’t find it..Goofy might remember where that was mentioned.

      • Sure miss Chris Yates and his ability to check his extensive library of quotes. He was always very helpful when anyone had an inquiry. Seems he has been driven off. The only problem I saw was he proposed that ff was part of the web site “wherewarmwatershalt”. I couldn’t see that.

        Miss you Chris!

  6. Again, too cool. I particularly love the All-Seeing Eye and the Afterlife concepts. Those two ideas are what inspire mankind to seek for answers…and perhaps adapt the way they live now to affect the way they’ll live in the Afterlife. I also like the Egyptians very clear understanding of the world of the dead and the “underworld”. Fascinating.

  7. Forrest once again you amaze me with your keen eye for art. As I gaze on the photo asking myself how did they do that? The craftsmanship is self evident.

    Thank you.

  8. Turning on the computer and going to the blog in the morning is like being told your going to Disney World., not sure what you’ll see. What a sight to behold!

  9. This is something I can admire while I figure out why my solve IS NOT 100 percent complete. I was hoping to see some up close images of f’s collection. Thank you for these SB’s!

  10. I am glad you didnt put it in the chest.Maybe Shiloh would like to have it? How can you decide what to do with all your wonderful artifacts? How often did your grandkids ask you to come for show and tell? πŸ™‚

  11. This scarab is a very handsome piece. I really like the coloring. I was in Egypt for over a year in the early 80’s for work. The pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Museum of Antiquities are all still very vivid to me. The whole country just reeks of history and stories yet to be unraveled. Thanks for sharing Forrest.

  12. Frankly, I find Eqyptian mythology a little confusing. Everything seems to relate back to Ra in some way or fashion. What doesn’t seem right to me, however, is that the scarab has any sort of CLOSE association with the all-seeing eye. The all-seeing eye seems to relate more closely to Horus, and isn’t it funny that Mr. Fenn didn’t mention that when he featured the statue of Horus? (Although my love of wine thinks the eye ought to be associated with Amon Ra!) Are you toying with us again, Mr. Fenn?


      “The ancient Egyptians would have nodded sagely: scarab beetles perform a dance to the sun atop a ball of dung. They’re not worshipping a sun god, though: the beetles dance to orient themselves and – crucially – to roll their dung ball in a straight line.”
      “In one myth, when Set and Horus were fighting for the throne after Osiris’s death, Set gouged out Horus’s left eye. The majority of the eye was restored by either Hathor or Thoth (with the last portion possibly being supplied magically). When Horus’s eye was recovered, he offered it to his father, Osiris, in hopes of restoring his life. Hence, the eye of Horus was often used to symbolise sacrifice, healing, restoration, and protection.[12]”

      The Ra , The Ru ,The Ray , The Re , The Reformer.

      Enneagram of Personality number 1

  13. Forrest,
    Thank you !

    Did you get a translation when you traded for it ?

    That cartouche is the only thing I like better than the Silver Bracelet you put it Indulgence.
    The bracelet I would want to keep as the Mesa Verde has intrigued me for a long time.
    Maybe someday if I was so lucky , a trade would be in order ?
    Because it is not a dollar value thing with me.
    It is about trading equal intrigues.

  14. Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Amenhotep, Tiyre, Tutankhamen? Death or marriage heiroglyph? No doubt the scarab held royal Egyptian significance and is an important piece of ancient history. Curiosity’s got the cat >β€’<
    Can you hear us meowing for the rest of your cartouche story Mr. Fenn?

  15. Wrote to a couple of Egyptologists (Requires a PHD to be titled as such) Been a long time talking to any of them:)

    In regards to Fenn’s Scared Beetle:

    Dear Rick,

    I’ve looked at the hieroglyphs and the text is not actually a biography. The glyphs are decorative.

    With best wishes, Denise (Doxey)

    Like to hear a few more replies. What I like about Fenn is when others asked what it meant and he never gave them a answer.

    Fenn wants you to get out and get the answers for yourself along with discovering new worlds.

    Doxey might be wrong. Saw a few things that added up……….It’s been a long time since, with my Egypt days.

    Yeah Jack I know your just a legend in your own head………

    • Like to have 2 /3 more opinions from the Egyptologists.

      Why would the piece be decorative and communicating something that makes no sense?

      Like writing:



      • In my expert opinion in studying hieroglyphs for about 5 minutes now I think Doxey is correct its purely decorative. First thing is the image appears to be backwards. If you put it into Microsoft Office picture manager you can flip it around so the birds are facing the right direction. Then if you blow it up a bit and sharpen the image you can get a better view of the images. But to me all I can really see is the birds and the symbol for the letter A. I can’t make out any of the other symbols. Maybe someone with more sophisticated software can make the image clear enough to see.

        Does that help?

        • Doxey could have taken the easy way out:)

          Just trust me look no further.She didn’t know I wrote to several other Egyptologists.

          No Doxey that’s not how a archeologist is trained.

          The plot thickens:)

  16. I was actually just looking at it I guess I need to brush up on my hieroglyphs skills a bit first…. I do not have a PHD so I probably won’t be able to make sense of it but I did write a report in the 4th grade on King Tut so maybe that qualifies me:)

  17. Lets just say my curiosity got the best of me on this, you somewhat can translate the piece but not in full, If I’m correct it talks about pilars and sky but let me just say you need the right chart cause apparently there is a different chart for different periods. Let me just say this is IMO and I only put into 3 hours on it so I’m just share with you.

  18. Another “sacred beetle” is Paul McCartney. There is a feature named McCartney’s Cave near Mammoth Hot Springs. I hypothesize that these vignettes were chosen, like his constant stream of hints, with intent to match feature names around Mammoth Hot Springs, where warm waters halt.

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