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Scarab with Tilapia Fish

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, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Pit D, Burial 52, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911
Medium:
Jasper (red)
Dimensions:
L. 1.4 cm (9/16 in); w. 1.2 cm (1/2 in); h. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.525
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
Both the Bolti fish and the lotus inscribed on the base of this scarab were symbols of rebirth.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1911. Acquired by Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Carnarvon, 5th Earl of and Howard Carter 1912. Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. p. 80.

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