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Scarab of Sesostris III
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05029
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab of Sesostris III
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1850 / -1500
  • PeriodSecond Intermediate Period (Egypt)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,6 cm, Width: 1,1 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 bears the throne name of Sesostris III, Khakaura, placed in an oval between two uraei. These are crowned with the Red Crown of Lower Egypt. The upper part shows a symmetric composition of hieroglyphs: the forepart of a lion (“HAt”) on each side of the son “kha”, again the sun “kha”, and the arm “a” on each side of two “nfr” signs. The morphology of the scarab points to a date in the late Middle Kingdom (late 12-13th dynasty), but the way in which the arms “kA” are rendered is more in line with the Canaanite production (ca. 1700-1500).