Scarab of Hatnefer, Glazed steatite

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, tied to left thumb, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Glazed steatite
L. 2 cm (3/4 in.); W. 1.4 cm (9/16 in.); H. 0.9 cm (3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
Like Hatnefer's exquisite heart scarab (36.3.2), the small pieces of personal jewelry found on her mummy were beautifully crafted and indicate the richness of her burial. This scarab was found tied to her left thumb with a loop of 2-ply linen cord. The base is inscribed at the top with Hatshepsut's personal name and an abbreviated version of one of her principal queen's titles "God's Wife (of Amun)." Below, two kneeling figures hold what may be an emblem of the goddess Hathor.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.