Scarab of Hatnefer
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18, early
- reign of Thutmose II–Early Joint reign
- ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (below TT 71), Mummy of Hatnefer, underside of left forearm, MMA excavations, 1935–36
- Glazed steatite
- L. 2.5 cm (1 in.); wW 1.8 cm (11/16 in.); H. 1.1 cm (7/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1936
- Accession Number:
This finely carved scarab was worn as a bracelet. It would have been fastened with a double loop of linen cord that ran lengthwise through amulet between the legs and body of the beetle. The scarab and cord were found pressed against Hatnefer's left forearm. The base of the scarab is incised with with the pattern of an elaborately coiled cobra and two "nefer" hieroglyphs (meaning "good" or "beautiful").
Two rings (36.3.3, 36.3.4) and a second scarab (36.3.6) were also found on Hatnefer's mummy.