Scarab Inscribed for Hatshepsut, Steatite (glazed)

Scarab Inscribed for Hatshepsut

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, Foundation Deposit 7 (G), MMA excavations, 1926–27
Steatite (glazed)
L. 1.7 cm (11/16 in); w. 1.2 cm (1/2 in); h. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This scarab was found in one of the foundation deposits placed along the front wall of the lower court of Hatshepsut's funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri. The inscription on the base records Hatshepsut's personal name (Hatshepsut), which means "foremost of noblewomen." Two other scarabs from the same foundation deposit have similar versions of the same inscription, though the style is not exactly the same (27.3.168, 27.3.169). The backs of the scarabs are also similar.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.