Scarab Inscribed with the Names of Amun-Re and Neith

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130

This scarab dates to the late New Kingdom’s Ramesside Period (Dynasty 19-20, ca. 1295-1070 B.C.) based on its morphology. The upper part of the scarab’s base is inscribed with the name of the sun god Amun-Re. Below is a narrow, concave line for the hieroglyph meaning lord. Numerous scarabs of the New Kingdom bear the name Amun-Re accompanied by this sign, suggesting a reading ‘the lord Amun-Re’ or 'Amun-Re is (my) lord'. The motif at the bottom is the symbol of the goddess Neith, a warrior and mother goddess whose cult gained importance under the Ramesside dynasties, when she was also closely associated with the sun god.

Scarab Inscribed with the Names of Amun-Re and Neith, Light green faience

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