SELECTION OF SCARABS WITH CARTOUCHE
OF THUTMOSE III
Measurements: 1.9 cm - length
Description: A selection of steatite scarabs, each with a cartouche of Thutmose III, from the renowned Mustaki collection. These scarabs feature a shen hieroglyph more commonly known as a cartouche. It is shaped like a loop of the rope in which a pharaoh’s name is written and serves to protect that name. We are able to discern various cartouches of pharaohs thanks to the Abydos King List where the names of 76 kings are preserved. Thutmose III was the sixth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. During the first 22 years of his reign, he was co-regent with his aunt and stepmother, Hatshepsut. He was famous for his military campaigns, conquering large territories and expanding the empire. The pieces are longitudinally pierced and suitable for wear. The price is per individual item. Please e-mail with the letter of your preferential scarab prior to purchase. Item B is SOLD.
Provenance: From the Gustave Mustaki collection, a collector of antiquities who amassed a large collection in Alexandria (Egypt). Mustaki was an avid collector in the early 20th century and his collection came to the UK under the Egyptian license in 1947. Many of his pieces are in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum, the Getty Museum and the Egyptian State Museum. We have purchased over 1700 scarabs from this collection and many of these were catalogued by Carol Andrews (formerly Egyptian Department in the British Museum).
Period: 18th Dynasty (1479 – 1425 BC)
Condition: Very fine, minor crazing. Scarab A has a minor hole on the bottom surface.