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Private Name Seal of Reni-seneb
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Private Name Seal of Reni-seneb


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This steatite scarab is inscribed on the flat underside with vertically arranged column writing that name an individual and make a statement of social status. The top is carved with a detailed design in deep lines with regular flow. The piece is simply made and the workmanship is slightly rough. The scarab functioned as a private name seal, and user individualized amulet and was originally mounted or threaded. The amulet should guarantee constancy of individual existence and social status. The name Reni-seneb was very popular in the Middle Kingdom.
Exhibitions
  • Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] "Overseer of the office of calculations and distributions: Reni- seneb, the justified one." The flower bunch for the phrase "the justified one" is reversed.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1794-1648 BCE (Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12-13)
Medium
beige steatite with green-blue glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.40
Measurements
H: 3/8 x W: 5/8 x L: 15/16 in. (0.9 x 1.6 x 2.4 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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