c1892 Egyptian Revival Flying Scarab 12ct Gold Enamels Brooch


A stunningly beautiful British made Egyptian revival Brooch representing jewelled golden winged scarab beetle decorated in coloured enamels.

The brooch is made of 12 carat yellow gold, a rare gold purity, that was introduced in the Victorian period and stopped early in the 20th century. The scarab is made up of a peridot and represents the Egyptian god Khepri. The top legs hold a turquoise orb that would have represented the sun. The outstretched wings are decorated in blue, white and red enamels. The reverse is stamped 12ct representing 500 gold purity. Condition is extremely good, without damage to the enamels.

The Egyptian Revival movement in decorative styles was initiated in those heady days in Paris when Napoleon returned from Egypt with a treasure trove of design inspiration. The aesthetic was given additional impetus by milestones such as the raising of the Luxor obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the building of the Suez Canal, decryption of the Rosetta Stone, and a plethora of other amazing discoveries. The apex of Egyptomania was achieved when Carter located the Tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1922. All this fuel for design inspiration provided jewellers with the motivation to create jewels in the Egyptian taste for.

Khepri was the scarab or scarab-faced god in ancient Egyptian religion, who represented the rising or morning sun. the sun was seen like a ball that was dragged across the heavens in the same way as a Dung Beetle drags a dried dung ball, containing its larvae. He also represented creation and the renewal of life.

Size Brooch: 4.5 cm (1 ¾ inches)
Size case: 7.25 cm (2 7/8 inches)
Weight: 27 g