Egyptian Steatite Scarab Dedicated to Thutmose III

£ 400.00

A fine Egyptian steatite scarab beetle amulet with incised hieroglyphs to the reverse. The obverse features a defined  clypeus and head, with small indentation to mark the humeral callosities. The reverse features various incised hieroglyph, including a central cartouche. Within the oval cartouche are three signs; a ‘re’ sun disk to the top, a ‘mn’ draughtboard sign in the centre and a final scarab ‘kheper’ sign. Together these form the prenomen of the pharaoh Thutmose III and transliterates as Men-Kheper-Re. Flanking each side of the cartouche is a large Ma’at feather. Above the cartouche is a ‘nub’ broad collar hieroglyph, which is translated as ‘gold’. Beneath the cartouche is the commonly seen ‘neb’ basket sign. The scarab is pierced for suspension.

Date: Circa 1479 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: Ex private UK collection, Mr. DP, formerly acquired from a London dealership, BL, from 2004-2012.
Condition: Very fine. Small chip to the right side. Clear and defined hieroglyphs.

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Product Code: ES-173
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Thutmosis III meaning “Thoth is born” was a New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, pharaoh from 1479-1425 BC, ascending the throne at 2 years old, he was co-regent with his aunt, Hatsheput, for the first 22 years of his reign. Following many successful military campaigns, Thutmosis III expanded the Egyptian empire to its largest extent, conquering land in Syria and Nubia. Thutmosis III’s reign also saw some significant developments in the arts including new forms in monument and sculpture.

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. Men-Kheper-Re translates as ‘Established by the image of Re’.

To discover more about amulets in the Ancient Egyptian world, please visit our relevant post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

Weight 1.15 g
Dimensions L 1.3 x W 1 cm
Egyptian Pharaohs

Thutmose III

Region

North Africa

Stone

Steatite

Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item EA3975

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