This Egyptian Scarab amulet is around 4000 years old and was made to be worn as a necklace of brooch across someone’s chest.
In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra is seen to roll across the sky each day, transforming bodies and souls. Beetles of of the Scarabaeidae family (dung beetle) roll dung into a ball as food and as a brood chamber in which to lay eggs that are later transformed into larvae. For these reasons the scarab was seen as a symbol of this heavenly cycle and of the idea of rebirth or regeneration.
Some of our visitors have been making their own Scarab amulets this week as well as adding to our wonderful Egyptian mural! There’s one more day of activities so if you haven’t visited us so far this Easter don’t miss out!
This week’s events
Inspired by Bickerton closes on Saturday so if you haven’t been in to see the competition entries or Bickerton’s own photographs this is your last chance!
We have a Stores Open Day coming up on Saturday 9th May. If you want a chance to see behind the scenes at the museum then put the date in your diary and keep an eye on our website for more information!
Teachers don’t forget out new Learning Officer Jo Marychurch has now started so get in touch with her to book any visits or for any other help/ideas! All of our current workshops and loans boxes are on our website so take a look and get booking!