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Scarab Inscribed for Queen Ahmose

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Thutmose I
Date:
ca. 1504–1492 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), coffin III, burial 2, left hand, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Gold, glazed steatite
Dimensions:
L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); W. 1.2 cm (1/2 in.); H. 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This ring bezel was found among the hand bones of an unidentified woman who was buried in the tomb of Hatnefer (see 35.3.1). The inscription on the base reads: The King's Great Wife, Ahmose. Ahmose was the principal queen of Thutmose I and the mother of Hatshepsut.
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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