Button seal

Egyptian
First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 9–11
2100–2061 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 1.1 x 2 cm (7/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.1265

Medium or Technique

Serpentine

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Seals

Button seal with incised impression on functional side of the bee-sign (Egyptian: bity), associated with royalty. Ring at top. Intact.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way