Description This steatite scarab has a flat underside inscribed with the throne name of Thutmosis III (1479-1425 BCE) and a sphinx trampling on an enemy. The scarab has a high back with a very detailed design of deeply incised lines. The design of the bottom is rough and poorly made, but the top is more elaborate. This piece functioned as a individualized amulet, and was originally mounted or threaded. The amulet should secure the royal authority and divine power for the king, and provide a private owner with his royal patronage and protection.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Throne name of King Thutmose III in a cartouche: Men-kheper-Re.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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