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Scarab Inscribed Hatshepsut United with Amun

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. 1.5 cm (9/16 ); w. 1.2 cm (1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.3.203
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
During the 1926-1927 excavation season, the Museum's Egyptian Expedition uncovered three foundation deposits along the eastern enclosure wall of Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri in Western Thebes. Among the contents were 299 scarabs and stamp-seals. Sixty-five of these are now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and the rest were acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Among the inscriptions on the bases of these scarabs and seals are examples of every title Hatshepsut held, from the time she was "king's daughter" during the reign of her father, Thutmose I; through the time she was queen of her half-brother, Thutmose II; and during her co-reign with her nephew/step-son, Thutmose III.

On the base of this scarab, Hatshepsut's personal name (Hatshepsut) is written with the phrase "united with Amun," thus linking her with the principal god of Thebes whom she claimed as her father. This augmented personal name, enclosed in a cartouche, appears as the last element of her full titulary as king: King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Hatshepsut-united-with-Amun.
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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