Scarab stone statue from Java
SYMBOL OF ETERNAL LIFE
This beautiful piece was hand carved by Chinese artisans on the island of Java, made with ancient techniques. Chinese people and their descendants have lived in the Indonesian archipelago since at least the 13th century, where they are an important part of the population and culture.
Through the millenniums the love and tradition of the scarab has travelled the world. For the Chinese the scarab has been an important symbol of creation, resurrection, or new life since antiquity. They also believed that beetles were impregnated by the wind.
The scarab is one of the most iconic amulets in the world, incorporated in jewelry, for seals, protecting mummies and more. The ancient Egyptians believed that the god Khepri renewed the sun every day, before rolling it above the horizon, then carried it through the other world after sunset, only to renew it again on the next day. He was often depicted as a scarab-headed man, since scarabs were also seen to roll across the sun. Scarabs were often found inscribed with the names of Pharaohs and sometimes with the names of their queens and other members of the royal family.