Large Scarab with Royal Cartouche
An ancient Egyptian large dark steatite scarab complete with the royal cartouche of Thutmosis III, featuring the syllabic hieroglyphs for ‘Men Kheper Re’, his throne name. Around the cartouche are other hieroglyphs, including symbols representing two feathers of Maat and some offerings. The scarab’s anatomical features such as clypeus, prothorax and elytra are finely marked by single lines. The scarab is pierced at both ends 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:
Fine with some earthly encrustations, the details of the hieroglyphs are very clearly visible. Some chips to the reverse.