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Scarab set in a ring bezel

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, below the Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71), burial of Amenhotep, ring finger of left hand, MMA excavations, 1935–36
carnelian, gold
Including mount: L. 1.3 cm (1/2 in); W. 0.8 cm (5/16 in.); H. 0.5 cm (3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
This carnelian scarab is set in a gold mount that was intended to swivel on a wire ring like one found in the tomb of Hatnefer (36.3.3). On the base, it is inscribed with a simple X.

The scarab was found tied with linen cord to the left hand of the mummy of a twelve-year old boy named Amenhotep whose tomb was located on the hillside below the tomb of Hatshespsut's best-known courtier, Senenmut (36.3.252). Amenhotep had been provided with food offerings of bread, raisins, dates, pomegranate, sycamore figs, and dom palm nuts. There were also jars that may have held beer (36.3.161, 36.3.162, 36.3.164).
Museum excavations, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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