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Scarab with Tilapia Fish

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Pit D, Burial 52, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Jasper (red)
L. 1.4 cm (9/16 in); w. 1.2 cm (1/2 in); h. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
Both the Bolti fish and the lotus inscribed on the base of this scarab were symbols of rebirth.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1911. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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