Scarab with a branch pattern on the back and a base inscribed with a sphinx surmounting the name of King Shabaka

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka
712–698 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Pyramid XV, Tomb of Shabaka

Dimensions

Overall: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.316

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

Steatite, unglazed. Seal side: sphinx marked Amon-Ra over the cartouche of Shabaka flanked by Uraeae. Bored lengthwise.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, pyramid 15 (tomb of Shabaka). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition