Description This early cylinder seal is inscribed with hieroglyphic signs that spell the personal names Nefer-Maat-Ked and Nefer-Sobek, as well as some enigmatic titles. Although the original context of this seal is unknown, several examples of sealings and seals that include the name of an official Nefer-Maat-Ked have been excavated in multiple sites across Egypt. Nefer-Maat-Ked seems to have been an official under several kings, including Khasekhemwy (ca. 2649 BCE), the last king of the Second Dynasty, and Third Dynasty king Djoser, the builder of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara (ca. 2667-2648 BCE). This cylinder seal acted as an administrative tool, connecting its owner with the central royal authority.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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