Re: [Ancientartifacts] Scarab problem

Hi all,
Well, after rebuilding my system, I am back.  What a pain it is. 

To comment on Teresa's scarabs, if it is stone or faience, a good bath in DW should not be a problem.  For the one still on the encrusted ring, I agree that cares should be exercised but again, unless dirt is all that is holding it together, I cannot see the harm in a bath.  But of course, they are not mine.  :^)

I have soaked ushabtis and scarabs in the past without any difficulties though.

A;; the best,

"Ancient" Jim
Et Tu Antiquities

-----Original Message-----
From: Teresa Day-Smith <>
Sent: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:33 pm
Subject: [Ancientartifacts] Scarab problem


I have two scarabs that need cleaning (badly).

One is a carnelian scarab still on its bronze ring. It is really a nice piece but one can not see the true color of the carnelian. It has a whitish haze like hard water deposits but shinning. The carnelian scarab is frozen in place (will not move/spin) and I am fearful it would break from the ring if I did much to it.

The other is a very unique scarab (actually a scaraboid) with glyphs that I am still researching to discover their meaning (none of my eight books on scarabs has anything like them). It has a white powdery substance on it like plaster. I removed some of this substance around the holes with a dental pick but I am afraid to proceed any further. This scarab I know for sure is NOT steatite and I think it is probably faience - it has that medium solid blue color.

I remember a discussion in the group about putting faience shabties in distilled water but as I remember that was not to clean them but for salt problems?

Does anybody have any ideas?

Teresa Day-Smith

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