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Scarab Inscribed With a Protective Motif

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Ahmose–Joint reign
Date:
ca. 1550–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Medium:
Glazed steatite
Dimensions:
L. 1.5 cm (9/16 in); w. 1.2 cm (1/2 in); th. 0.8 cm (5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.484
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
The scarab's base depicts a falcon-headed sphinx wearing the "atef" crown while subduing an enemy of Egypt. The falcon represents Re-Herakhti - the god Horus when he is merged with the sun.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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