scarab motif neckwear
Scarab motif, loomed seed beads appliqued to elaborately braided black deer skin leather neck piece with braided tie closures. Closures are embellished with cast sterling silver replicas of vintage 30's scarab beads.
13 5/8" length, 2 3/8" height
In Ancient Egypt the scarab, or dung beetle, rolls dung into a ball as food and as a brood chamber in which to lay eggs. The larvae hatch and are immediately surrounded in protection and by what is also their nourishment. For these reasons the scarab represented a heavenly all sustaining environment, the cycle of birth and regeneration, and is considered a symbol of protection.