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Scarab Inscribed for the God's Wife Hatshepsut

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), coffin III, burial 1b, hands, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Silver, glazed steatite
L. 2 cm (13/16 in.); W. 1.5 cm (9/16 in.); H. 0.8 cm (5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
Two ring bezels were found among the hand bones of a child who was buried in the tomb of Hatnefer, the mother of Senenmut who was an important official in the reign of Hatshepsut (see 30.3 1 and 30.3.17). This bezel contains a beautifully carved scarab inscribed with Hatshepsut's personal name and her title God's Wife. This title was acquired by Hatshepsut while she was the principal queen of her half-brother, Thutmose II. Soon after taking on the titles of king, the title passed to Hatshepsut's daughter, Neferure (see 27.3.324–27.3.327). The scarab is similar in style and quality to those found in the foundation deposits of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri, but the inscription differs slightly (see esp. 27.3.174–27.3.191)
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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