The scarab was probably made to honor Queen Ahhotep I, the wife of Sekenenre Tao II of Dynasty 17. The carving of the scarab and the rope pattern on the base are typical of that period. The inscription on the base reads "King's Wife, Ahhotep."
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1912. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.
Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p.5, fig.1, p.10.