Scarab Inscribed for the God's Wife Hatshepsut, Living Forever
- 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 9 (I), MMA excavations, 1926–27
- Steatite (glazed)
- L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); W. 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1927
- Accession Number:
The base of this scarab is inscribed "the God's Wife Hatshepsut, living forever." In the late Seventeenth early Eighteenth Dynasties, the title God's Wife was held by the principal queen or the queen mother. Hatshepsut inherited the title while she served as principal queen of her half-brother, Thutmose II. Later, shortly after she took on the titles of king, Hatshepsut passed the title on to her daughter, Neferure (see scarab 27.3.325).