Ancient Egyptian Antique Rare Amber Shetw The Freshwater Turtle Statue. "The size as shown in the pictures". The name of the turtle in Egyptian was Shetyw, Shetw, Sheta. "Sheta" was also the Tortoise constellation (Turtles pair) and then one of the 36 decans. Turtle remains have been found in archaeological deposits since epipaleolithic and Khartoum Mesolithic as also at Merimde (Vandier, Manuel, I, 123, 165; Boessneck, Die Tierwelt, 111), Maadi and El-Omari.
Bracelets and rings from turtle carapace scales are known in the Badarian period. Large amounts of turtle bones have been found in the important ceremonial complex at Hierakonpolis loc. There is also a unique representation in a graffito from the Eastern Sahara rock art (Karkur Talh, Gebel Uweinat): the fresh water turtle is reproduced head-up, is c.
70cm long from the tail to the poorly preserved head (which seems somewhat rounded rather than sharply pointed), with the triangular sharp tail visible below out of the carapace (nearly extending as long as the paws); on the left of the reptile two girafes à lien are carved; this could also be a land tortoise. Lovely gift idea ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, LOOKS FABULOUS ON.
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