Scarab seal with name of Amenhotep III

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


Dimensions

Width x length: 3 x 4 cm (1 3/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.3157

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Scarab seal of blue faience with glaze. Back type is somewhat naturalistic and carries “v-notches” that suggest a date in Dynasty 18. Base carries incised hieroglyphic text spelling a royal name, Neb-Maat-Re (Nb-MAat-Ra, Amenhotep III). 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