White Steatite Scarab from the Mustaki Collection
A delicate Ancient Egyptian white steatite scarab bearing the royal cartouche of Thutmosis III and a seated female figure. The syllabic hieroglyphs of the cartouche read as ‘Men Kheper Re”, the throne name of Thutmosis. The seated figure is identified as female by the seated pose and absence of a beard. The figure holds an object, likely a ankh, and can be possibly identified with the Egyptian goddess Ma’at or with the symbolic representation of harmony. The scarab is pierced at each end to allow for suspension.
Circa 1200-500 BCProvenance:
Ex Mustaki Collection. The scarab comes from the Mustaki Collection. Mustaki was an avid collector in the early 20th century and his collection came to the UK under Egyptian licence in 1947. Many of his pieces are in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum, the Getty Museum and the Egyptian State Museum. This collection and this item has been catalogued by Carol Andrews (formerly Egyptian Department in the British Museum).Condition:
Very fine with some earthly encrustations, the details of the hieroglyphs are very clearly visible.