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.





80 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. Any more, it wouldn’t surprise me when he pulls out the Rosette Stone from his collection.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Clueless why the beetle is important…but the message on his belly is the poem in Egyptian… πŸ™‚ maybe..

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Forrest
    My ancient Egypt is a little rusty but during your time with the cartouche did you ever get it translated?

  11. 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!

  12. Yes, the third eye stuff is cool. I will post an article on it. I guess I just email it to Dal?

  13. 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!

  14. 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™‚

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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:)

  20. 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:)

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Wait. I’m studying Egyptology at the moment t. Fenn said:

    “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.”

    Everything I’m reading says the heart was never removed.

    “This is a heart scarab, or a protective amulet for the heart and in the afterlife. The heart was always left in the mummified body. Egyptians believed that their hearts would be weighed against a feather in the underworld, to see if they were wicked or blameless.”

    The inscriptions on the back were always referencing Chapter 30B of the Book of the Dead. Never a biography, and not decorative as someone else suggested. Is this a mistake Fenn has made, or would someone who knows junk like this make up stuff to suggest an incongruity as a hint?

  24. Per Ya-Sha-Wa. Thank you for providing me the links on Poetry Page. They were interesting. My sincerest sympathy on the loss of your brother. Are you able to decipher Mr. Fenn’s Sacred Beetle?

    • If I owned it I would get an opinion of translation and then from there would try to confirm or deny . I am into the Ancient Language that probably gave rise to the Ancient Egyptian and was preserved in the Ancient Hebrew Symbols . I traced back the Ancient Hebrew back to Lost Continent of Mu by Colonel Churchward . Here is my blog post.

      I can tell you that the scarab beetle was used on the cartouche of Thutmosis 3 who was the Moses of the Bible. Thoth has meanings of Reader and Writer along with other attributes of Thoth. As we have been taught Moses was attributed to scripture writing .

      And the scarab beetle in Moses Cartouche depicts Parting Of The Red Sea as it was originally done in red with scarab beetle with arms raised , pool of water with water rising from it and sun up above as we know would cause water to rise as vapor .

    • If it is a scarab heart amulet as forrest seems to think it is then it should read as : “O my heart of my mother! O my heart of my mother! O my heart of my different forms! Do not stand up as a witness against me, do not be opposed to me in the tribunal, do not be hostile to me in the presence of the Keeper of the Balance, for you are my ka which was in my body, the protector who made my members hale. Go forth to the happy place whereto we speed, do not make my name stink to the Entourage who make men. Do not tell lies about me in the present of the god. It is indeed well that you should hear! ”
      Egyptian Book Of The Dead spell 30B

        • Somethings kinda cool/interesting about the peace sign on the bottom of the beetles wings
          …..a rather literal take the chest and (?)

        • It seems as forrests scarab is not made of stone that it is not a heart scarab . So it could be reasonably assessed that he wanted to refer the Spell 30B from Egyptian Book Of The Dead. The more I read it the more it fits into forrests reasoning for hiding the treasure as nobody knows his true heart and the spell is also about legacy .

          • Really enjoyed reading this. Thanks Astree for sharing your research. Spell 31 was also interesting given ff quotes Lewis carroll’s crocodile poem in his bookstore interview.

  25. Sometimes I find it fascinating to read old scrapbooks. There is always something new to learn or some new connection to see. I find it way more fun than my memories of history class. Of course history class didn’t have the same motivational factor. πŸ˜‰ Blessings to all and please stay safe out there in bear country! And thank you Forrest for the puzzle of the century!

  26. Zap, Here’s another aberration – “the sacred scarab, all-seeing eye”. The Egyptian all-seeing eye is the Eye of Horus, not the sacred beetle.

  27. But seriously sometimes I feel like it’s going to take divine providence for one to solve it and reach the end. Maybe that was part of the plan… it could stay hidden for 100s of years…

  28. Didn’t anyone notice the third picture? How can that be the same necklace unless it is a removable cover, OR, a second necklace??
    It has legs, the first one does not.
    What is up with that??

    • So, how could the first one grow legs? Did the chest grow legs and get up and move, although he says it’s still in the same place he put it seven years ago?

      Did he go check?

      Does he have an Indiana Jones laser beam ,be careful you don’t break the beam?, when you retrieve it? Lol
      All this imo, musings, geez, but I have found a nice pic to match the Sarah

      • (Second try.) Kym, think of Google Earth. When one looks at it, there isn’t much to see, but when one zooms in to level, there are dimensions.

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