Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Scarab Inscribed for the God's Wife 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
The inscription on the base of this scarab reads: God's Wife, Hatshepsut. In the late Seventeenth early Eighteenth Dynasties, the title God's Wife was held by the principal queen or the queen mother. Hatshepsut inherited the title while she served as principal queen of her half-brother, Thutmose II. Later, shortly after she took on the titles of king, Hatshepsut passed the title on to her daughter, Neferure (see scarab 27.3.325).
Slight variations of the same inscription may be found on two others scarabs (27.3.186, 27.3.187) and a cowroid seal amulet (27.3.191). Although the hieroglyphs are not in exactly the same configuration, they have been carved in a similar fashion. For example, the seated figure leans back and both of her arms are indicated. For different versions of the same inscription, see 27.3.174-27.3.184, 27.3.188-27.3.190.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926–1927. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1927.

Related Objects

Scarab Inscribed "Hatshepsut, United with Amun"

Artist: Date: ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Accession Number: 27.3.206
Date: ca. 1479–1458 B.C. Medium: Steatite (glazed) Accession: 27.3.206 On view in:Gallery 116

Scarab of the Storehouse Overseer Wah

Artist: Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Accession Number: 40.3.12
Date: ca. 1981–1975 B.C. Medium: Silver, electrum, glazed steatite, linen cord Accession: 40.3.12 On view in:Gallery 105

Shabti of Seniu

Artist: Date: ca. 1525–1504 B.C.
Accession Number: 19.3.206
Date: ca. 1525–1504 B.C. Medium: Glazed steatite, paint Accession: 19.3.206 On view in:Gallery 117

Heart Scarab of Hatnefer

Artist: Date: ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
Accession Number: 36.3.2
Date: ca. 1492–1473 B.C. Medium: Serpentinite, gold Accession: 36.3.2 On view in:Gallery 116

Scarab with Maatkare on base

Artist: Date: ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Accession Number: 23.3.175
Date: ca. 1479–1458 B.C. Medium: Steatite, blue glazed Accession: 23.3.175 On view in:Gallery 117