EGYPTIAN SCARAB WITH ROYAL CARTOUCHE OF THUTMOSIS III
Measurements: 2 cm - length
Description: A creamy-white steatite Egyptian scarab featuring an inscribed base with clear hieroglyphic motifs including a royal cartouche bearing the
hieroglyphic signs for Men kheper- re, the throne name of the pharaoh Thutmosis III. The scarab is pierced to both sides for suspension.
Not all scarabs bearing a royal name are contemporaneous to the ruling pharaoh. Some kings were held in particularly high regard, and thus their name appears on scarabs hundreds of years after their reign. Thutmosis III of Dynasty XVIII was particularly honoured in this way, with his praenomen, Men-kheper-re, used on scarabs for a period of circa 1000 years as a metaphor for good luck and plenty.
Period: Circa 1200-500 B.C.
Condition: Very fine.