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Scarab naming Ptah
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.03039
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab naming Ptah
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1640 / -1500
  • PeriodSecond Intermediate Period (Egypt)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,8 cm, Width: 1,2 cm, Depth: 0,8 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this scarab shows a series of hieroglyphs in a border of hooked spirals. From the top down: a bee, signs that form the name Ptah (“p”, “t” and “h”), the sun “kha”, the sign of life “ankh” between two “nfr” signs and the sign for gold, “nbw”. Similar compositions are known from the Canaanite production, but the morphology of the scarab refers back to late Middle Kingdom models.