Scarab Inscribed for Hatshepsut,

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.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

Public Domain

Object Details

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, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, Foundation Deposit 7 (G), MMA excavations, 1926–27

Medium: Steatite (glazed)

Dimensions: 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: 27.3.172

Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 88.