Scarab

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
1390–1352 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 4.3 x 3.2 cm (1 11/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.3478

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

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.

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