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A steatite Egyptian scarab with well modelled body displaying the carapace, and legs folded along the side of the body; pierced for suspension. To the lower underside is the goddess Maat, or truth, an ankh sign on her knees. Above is a winged symbol, possibly a cryptogram for the divine name Amen. To the right is a royal cartouche bearing the throne name of Tuthmosis III, 'Menkhperre', meaning 'Lasting is the manifestation of Ra'.

 

New Kingdom-Late Dynastic: Circa 1500-500 BC.

 

Condition: Very Fine; a chip to the side of base affecting part of the Maat sign.

Length 20 mms (0.8 ins).

 

Provenance: From a private collection acquired by the previous owner's father in the 1950's For similar see item 269; Skarabäen und andere Siegelamulette aus Basler Sammlungen; Erik Hornung and Elisabeth Staehelin.

 

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 prenomen, Men-kheper-re and was used on scarabs for a period of approx. 1000 years as a metaphor for good luck and plenty.

 

See our blog post about scarabs

Egyptian scarab with royal cartouche of Thutmosis III

SKU: K372
£160.00Price

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