Description This glazed steatite scarab is inscribed on the flat underside in sunk relief. The top of the piece is medium high, and is incised with a very detailed design. The workmanship is good and the piece is carefully made. The piece functioned as an individualized, supportive amulet, and was originally mounted or threaded. The amulet has a royal renewal connotation, and should secure life and renewal of royal authority for this king, Thutmosis IV (1397-1388 BCE); it should provide a private owner with this king's royal patronage. It is possible that such scarabs were distributed to the officials during the "Sed" festival of the king.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Throne name of King Thutmose IV in a cartouche combined with a wish formula: Men-kheperu-Re, / who may live millions of years.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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