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Scarab with a Royal Title
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Scarab with a Royal Title


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This steatite scarab is inscribed on the bottom with the "two royal aspects" title and the basic component of the unification icon (the plants of Upper and Lower Egypt). The top of the scarab is high and simple with carved details. The workmanship of the piece is good, and it is carefully made. This amulet has kingship connotations, and was originally mounted or threaded. The royal title and the unification icon refer both the the association of the dualistic aspects of kingship and state, as well as of the whole creation. The amulet should provide its owner with royal support and guarantee a stable and well-organized environment. The unification icon also has a renewal connotation. The combined use of the title and icon is much less common than the icon alone. The five times serration of the clypeus of the scarab is rare, and does not have many parallels.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] King of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911 (?)

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Period
1794-1539 BCE (Late Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period)
Medium
light beige steatite
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.22
Measurements
H: 3/8 x W: 1/2 x L: 11/16 in. (0.9 x 1.2 x 1.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Palestine (Place of Origin)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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