Scarab Inscribed for the God's Wife Hatshepsut
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18, early
- Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
- ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, Foundation Deposit 7 (G), MMA excavations, 1926–27
- Steatite (glazed)
- L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in); w. 1.3 cm (1/2 in); h. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1927
- Accession Number:
This scarab was found in one of the foundation deposits located along the front of Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri. The inscription on the base reads: God's Wife Hatshepsut. The title "god's wife" was held by the principal queen or the queen mother. Hatshepsut inherited the title while she was principal queen of her half-brother, Thutmose II. Soon after taking on the titles of King, Hatshepsut passed the title to her daughter, Neferure (see 27.3.324).