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Scarab Set in a Ring Bezel

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), coffin III, burial 1a, hands, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Gold, glazed steatite
L. 2.5 cm (13/16 in.); W. 1.5 cm (9/16 in.); H. 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This scarab ring bezel was found among the hand bones of one of the unidentified adult woman buried in the tomb of Hatnefer and Ramose (see 36.3.1). The well-carved scarab is inscribed on the base with a sedge plant, symbol of the Nile valley (Upper Egypt) and a bee, symbol of the Nile delta (Lower Egypt). These two hieroglyphs represent the royal title King of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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