Buttons and Design Scarabs [Paperback]

W.M. Flinders Petrie (Author)

ISBN: 9798888570043 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2023 | Language: English 68p, H296 x W210 (mm) Fully illustrated with photographs and illustrations

Buttons and Design Scarabs


This facsimile reissue of Flinders Petrie’s extensive catalog of buttons and scarabs describes and illustrates over 1500 examples, along with an appendix on additions to the ‘Scarabs and Cylinders’ volume published earlier.

In keeping with his other object catalogs, Petrie devises object classifications based on form with an attempt at dating their sequences. He describes the back of the objects, materials, their designs and inscriptions, and offers ideas on their meanings. Particular attention is paid to animal and human representations and those possibly of gods. He also identifies several local series.

This volume is part of a new series comprising facsimile re-issues of typological catalogues produced between 1898 and 1937 by Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie, based on his vast collection of Egyptian artefacts. Mostly excavated by Petrie during many seasons of campaign in the latter years of the 19th and early decades of the 20th century, these artefacts now reside in the Petrie Museum at University College, London. Long out of print, the catalogues were re-issued in facsimile by publishers Aris & Phillips in the 1970s alongside newly-commissioned titles, based on more recent examination of elements of the Petrie Collection by contemporary experts. The Oxbow Classics in Egyptology series makes a selection of these important resources available again in print for a new generation of students and scholars.

Table of Contents

1. Buttons
2. Designs on buttons
3. Rounded mid-pieces
4. Meanings of scarabs
5. Geometrical scarabs
6. Materials and forms of backs
7. Geometrical with signs
8. Inscriptions
9. Animal figures
10. Human figures
11. Local series
12. Supplement to ‘Scarabs and cylinders’

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