Scarab from Ruiu's Burial

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116

The burial of Ruiu was found in the tomb of her father, Neferkhawet, which was excavated by the Museum’s Egyptian Expedition in 1935. Lying against the right side of the head end of Ruiu’s coffin was a small basket that contained a wooden box and a metal razor. Inside the box were four scarabs and a cowroid seal-amulet made of steatite, two ebony kohl sticks, and a small metal spoon.

This scarab was not glazed. It shows no wear, suggesting that it was new when it was placed in the tomb. The pattern on the base includes a falcon-headed figure facing a crocodile and standing over a nb-basket hieroglyph. The design and style are typical of scarabs dating to the Hyksos period, a century or so before the death of Ruiu, sometime in the sole reign of Thutmose III. Another scarab and three rings belonging to Ruiu also appear to be of Hyksos design.

Scarab from Ruiu's Burial, Glazed steatite

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