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Scarab Inscribed for the God's Wife Hatshepsut, Living Forever

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 9 (I), MMA excavations, 1926–27
Medium:
Steatite (glazed)
Dimensions:
L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); W. 1.3 cm (1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.3.195
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
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).
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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