New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
Length x width: 4.3 x 3.2 cm (1 11/16 x 1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Scarab seal of dark gray steatite with no traces of glaze remaining. Back type is fairly schematic, though incised “v-notches” suggest dating to Dynasty 18, as does the incised hieroglyphic inscription on the bottom, which reads: “Neb-Maat-Re (Amenhotep III), Beloved of Amen-Ra” (Nb-MAat-Ra mry Imn-Ra). Surface uneven and cracked; edges chipped. Pierced lengthwise for suspension.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way