Large Scarab with Royal Cartouche

£ 180.00

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.

Date: Circa 1200-500 BC
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 with some earthly encrustations, the details of the hieroglyphs are very clearly visible. Some chips to the reverse.


Product Code: ES-77
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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 as a metaphor for good luck and plenty.

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

Dimensions H 2.5 cm



North Africa

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