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EA1528

An Egyptian Scarab for Thutmoses III, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1539-1292 BC

 Pierced longitudinally for suspension, the scarab is finely carved from steatite then fired with a fine blue/green glaze, the back has a single suture  and pronotum lines with markings on the elytra.  The legs are naturalistically carved and lightly incised.  The base decoration, oriented vertically, is incised with  the prenomen name of Thutmoses III "Menkheperre" with a Maat feather on either side and neb-baskets filling the semicircular spaces at the ends,  that could be spelling out "Lord of Truth"

Condition:  Two chips to the base that do not impact the inscription, slight loss to the clypeus, otherwise intact and in good condition overall.  A nice example.

Dimensions:  Scarab Length: 0.5 inch (1.27 cm). 

Provenance: Private NY collection, thereafter o n loan to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, from 1998 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.125B

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