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Scarab Set in a Ring Bezel

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
reign of Thutmose I–Thutmose III
ca. 1504–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Burial 59A, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Glazed steatite, electrum
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:
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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