Scarab with name of Amenhotep III

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


Length x width: 4.4 x 3.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed steatite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Scarab seal likely carved of steatite with traces of greenish-yellow glaze still evident. Back type is fairly schematic, though v-notches suggest a dating of Dynasty 18, as does incised hieroglyphic text on back, which inclues the cartouche of Amenhotep III: Neb-Maat-Re (Nb-mAAt-Ra). Additional text includes the epithet “Appearing as Atum” (?) (sHa n Itm?). Pierced lengthwise for suspension. Surface slightly worn and edges somewhat chipped.


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