Green jasper heart scarab of King Sobekemsaf

Thebes, Egypt
17th Dynasty, around 1590 BC

The heart scarab was an amulet placed on the chest of the mummy to ensure that the heart, believed to be the seat of intelligence and personality, was not removed. This is among the earliest heart scarabs known, and the first that is known to have belonged to an Egyptian king.

Egyptian Queen Nefertari Scarab, 19th Dynasty, 1295-1186 BC

A carnelian scarab with inscription to the underside of Queen Nefertari (died circa 1250 BC); mounted in a 19th century gold swivel frame pendant.

Nefertari, also known as Nefertari Meritmut, was one of the Great Royal Wives (or principal wives) of Ramesses the Great. Nefertari means ‘the beautiful one has come’ and Meritmut means 'Beloved of [the Goddess] Mut’. She is one of the best known Egyptian queens. Her lavishly decorated tomb is the largest and most spectacular in the Valley of the Queens.


garage life …

Lance Reventlow & Chuck Daigh’s Scarab in a local garage at the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix

the Scarab was the first purpose built F1 from the US, the F1 project organised by Lance Reventlow himself, but being front engined cars they were running behind the new European trend of building rear engined cars
they entered 4 Grand Prix, of which they started in 2, for Monaco they couldn’t qualify themselves