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Scarab Inscribed With the Name of Queen Ahhotep

Period:
Late Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 17–Early Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Tao I to Joint reign
Date:
ca. 1560–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 44, Burial 4, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1912
Medium:
Glassy faience
Dimensions:
L. 2.1 cm (13/16 in); w. 1.5 cm (9/16 in); th. 1 cm (3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.120
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
The scarab was probably made to honor Queen Ahhotep I, the wife of Sekenenre Tao II of Dynasty 17. The carving of the scarab and the rope pattern on the base are typical of that period. The inscription on the base reads "King's Wife, Ahhotep."
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1912. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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