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Scarab Set in a Ring Bezel

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
reign of Thutmose I–Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1504–1425 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Burial 59A, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Medium:
Glazed steatite, electrum
Dimensions:
L. 1.6 cm × W. 1 cm × H. 0.7 cm (5/8 × 3/8 × 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.560
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
A giraffe is the central image on the base of this scarab, which was once part of a ring. This animal was associated with prophecy. Thus, the giraffe, in combination with the heiroglyphs on either side of it, predicted a "life of all good things" for the scarab's owner.
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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