Description This steatite scarab is inscribed on the flat underside with horizontally arranged writing naming an individual and making a statement of social status. The back of the scarab is incised with a very detailed design. The workmanship of the piece is good and it is carefully made. The scarab functioned as a private name seal, and as a user individualized amulet. It was originally mounted or threaded. The amulet should guarantee constancy of individual existence and social status. Meri was the High priest of Amun in Thebes in the reign of Amenophis II (1428-1397 BCE). He is well known from his tomb in Thebes, and his statue in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Chief of the Two Lands / to his boundaries, High priest of / Amun: Meri.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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