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. 


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.