Plaque with the Name of Amenhotep III Flanked by Two Uraei

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117

On this piece the uraeus cobra functions as the protector of the royal name. The name of pharaoh Amenhotep III "The Lord of Maat is Re" is in the center of the plaque. The top and center part of the inscription is written twice and the direction of the hieroglyphs was reversed. Only the very bottom part is shown once. To each side is an uraeus with a sun disk, protecting the royal name in the same way the uraeus protects the king as a head ornament.
The underside of the plaque is undecorated and flat and does not bear any means of suspension. Originally the piece might have been fitted into a piece of jewelry, maybe it even belonged to the king himself?

Plaque with the Name of Amenhotep III Flanked by Two Uraei, Carnelian

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