Description This steatite scarab is glazed and inscribed on the bottom in sunk relief technique with the throne name of Siptah (1194/1193-1186/1185 BCE). The scarab has a high back with a simple carved design. Thw workmanship is good. This scarab functioned as an individualized amulet and was originally mounted or threaded. The amulet should secure the presence of this king, and guaran tee for a private owner his royal patronage. The form of the "n"-sign is typical for the Ramesside Period and in its elongated version very popular on scarabs of the 2nd half of the 19th Dynasty.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Throne name of King Siptah without a cartouche in the version of the second phase of his reign, years 2-6: Akh-en-Re setep-en-Re.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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