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Bilingual Cylinder Seal

Late Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 13
reign of Sehetepibre II
ca. 1782–1780 B.C.
From Egypt
h. 3.9 cm (1 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
This fragmentary lapis lazuli cylinder seal is inscribed in hieroglyphs :"King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Sehetepibre, [beloved of] Hathor, mistress [of Byblos]". On the opposite side it reads "Yakin-ilum....." Sehetepibre must be the second king of that name, who is a contemporary of Yakinilum, a known figure at the city of Byblos on the levantine coast.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo from Ralph Blanchard. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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