Commemorative scarab of Akhenaten and Nefertiti

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten
1349–1336 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x length: 3.2 x 4.4 x 6 cm (1 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.108

Medium or Technique

Glazed steatite

On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

This scarab is inscribed with the names of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and was likely produced to commemorate an event during the king’s reign. The former name of Akhenaten, Amenhotep IV, was erased from the bottom of the scarab.

Provenance

By 1970: Nicolaos Ladopoulous collection (said to have been in his family "for many years"); 1973: purchased from Nicolaos Ladapouplos, February 14, 1973.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund