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Scarab with Cartouche of Thutmosis IV (1397-1388 BCE)
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Scarab with Cartouche of Thutmosis IV (1397-1388 BCE)


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
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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Period
1397-1388 BCE (New Kingdom, Dynasty 18)
Medium
beige steatite with green-blue glaze
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.47
Measurements
H: 1/4 x W: 1/2 x L: 5/8 in. (0.7 x 1.2 x 1.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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