Egyptian Steatite Scarab Dedicated to Thutmose III

£ 295.00

A fine Egyptian steatite scarab beetle amulet with incised features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The reverse features various incised hieroglyphs to the top register, a large oval cartouche and a prominent winged uraeus incised vertically. The top register features the signs ‘ntr nfr’ to the right, with the basket symbol and two horizontal strokes transliterating as ‘nb tȝwy’. Together the two phrases translate as ‘Perfect God, Lord of the Two Lands’, an epithet commonly seen on scarabs and funerary representations. Within the prominent oval cartouche, depicted horizontally, are the hieroglyphs for the prenomen of Thutmose III, transliterating as Men-Kheper-Re. The final prominent sign is the winged uraeus, with wings outstretched and facing right. The symbol represents the goddess Wadjet, protector of kings and gods.  Winged creatures were considered to be apotropaic beings, their stretched wings offering protection.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: 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: Fine, complete and intact.
Product Code: ES-92
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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.

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

Dimensions L 1.5 cm
Stone

Steatite

Region

North Africa

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