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Scarab Finger Ring Inscribed "God's Wife Hatshepsut"

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Hall (C), burial 21, third finger of man's left hand, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Steatite (glazed), silver
Ring: w. 2.4 cm (15/16 in); l. with setting 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in); h. 1.3 cm (1/2 in) Scarab: l. 1.4 cm (9/16 in); w. 1.2 cm (1/2 in); th. 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
This ring is typical in shape for New Kingdom rings having a mounted scarab. The inscription names the "God's Wife" Hatshepsut. It was discovered on the third finger of a man's left hand.
Excavated by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon at Thebes, Lower Asasif, tomb 37,1911; acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Carnarvon, 5th Earl of and Howard Carter 1912. Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. p. 73.

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