|Hilary in 1977 at Queen Elizabeth Park
The winged scarab consists of three pieces: an actual scarab beetle and two separately made wings. The wings are not those of a beetle, but those of a bird, as is apparent by their shape and the indication of individual feathers. Each piece features several small holes that were used to fasten the winged scarab to the wrappings of a mummy. Winged scarabs, meant to guarantee the rebirth of the deceased, were very popular funerary amulets.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
In one of my trips to NY City I bought Rosemary a lovely necklace at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It featured a winged scarab. Rosemary liked it and wore it often to parties.
Tomorrow December 14th is my youngest daughter, Hilary Anne Stewart’s birthday. She will be 52. We will celebrate it (just the two of us) with a light supper in my Kits home and then we will go to the Park Theatre (an old-fashioned movie theatre) to see Emma Stone’s latest film Poor Things.
We are all saddled with stuff and I was wondering what I could possibly give Hilary for her birthday. There is nothing that I could possibly buy that she would need. Ditto food or (no!) an appliance.
I thought then that Rosemary’s scarab necklace would be perfect. It is made of silver, not of gold, so Hilary can wear it safely to work or for a gathering.
Most important there is that connection with her mother, my Rosemary.