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Faience scarab with ploughman, found  on the Timpone della Motta, 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Faience scarab with ploughman, found on the Timpone della Motta, 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

II.A.2.2. Faience scarab with ploughman and cows

Faience scarabs occur relatively frequently on the Acropolis (cf. //).

Although reduced to the bare minimum the image of this scarab is very effective, thanks to the large gestures of the ploughman: his wide stride and outstretched arm above the two animals. From his attitude one reads the image as that of a farmer urging on his cows with a stick.

Because in Egypt the soil left by Nile flooding was light the ard (scratch plough) could be tied directly to the horns of cows. This is probably what we see here.It is possible that a bird was engraved above the cows.

The object is associated with Temple V.d, found on the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, no. AC10.24.sc.r25, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.