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Scarab of Amenhotep III
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.07139
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab of Amenhotep III
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1390 / -1069
  • Period20th dynasty (Egypt > New Kingdom)
  • TechniqueFaience (earthenware) (Ceramics (techniques) > Categories)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,6 cm, Width: 1,2 cm, Depth: 0,7 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this scarab carries the throne name of Amenhotep III, Nebmaätre, in an oval on the right side of the composition. To the left, the epithet ‘beloved by Amun-ra’ (“mry lmn ra”). This composition of elements appears on the royal name scarabs from the 18th dynasty and again in the archaising production of the 25th and 26th dynasties. The back of the scarab is decorated with two geese (animals of Amon) on the wings, and signs that possibly form “lmn ra” are engraved on the pronotum. The decoration of the back is a phenomenon that appears only sporadic on royal scarabs of the 18th dynasty but it becomes more common during the Ramessid Period.