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Scarab Inscribed for Hatshepsut

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, Foundation Deposit 7 (G), MMA excavations, 1926–27
Medium:
Steatite (glazed)
Dimensions:
L. 1.6 cm (5/8 in); w. 1.1 cm (7/16 in); h. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.3.166
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This scarab was discovered in one of the foundation deposits along the front wall of the lower court of Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri. It's base is inscribed with her personal name (Hatshepsut). A similar version of the same inscription may be found on another scarab (27.3.165), but the backs of the two scarabs are quite different.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.

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