Scarab Inscribed for Sebekhotep VI (?)

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: late Dynasty 12–Dynasty 13

Date: ca. 1850–1640 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Cemetery, MMA excavations, 1920–22

Medium: Steatite

Dimensions: L. 1.9 × W. 1.4 × H. 0.8 cm (3/4 × 3/4 × 5/16 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922

Accession Number: 22.1.357

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
Scarab-shaped seal-amulet inscribed with a cartouche enclosing signs that could be the prenomen of Sebekhotep VI, or could be a formulaic expression associated with the cult of the sun god, Re. This is flanked on either side by stylized papyrus plants.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 343–44, fig. 226.