Scarab

Egyptian
New Kingdom, likely Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 3.2 x 2.2 cm (1 1/4 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.938

Medium or Technique

Steatite?

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Scarab seal of dull sage-green, likely steatite; slight traces of blue-green glaze. Schematic back type with incised detail, including v-notches. Base inscribed (but rough) with two vertical cartouches. Pierce lengthwise for suspension. Somewhat battered condition.

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