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Rectangular plaque with animals and hieroglyphs
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05348
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleRectangular plaque with animals and hieroglyphs
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1186 / -945
  • Period21st dynasty (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • TechniqueGlaze (Ceramics > Decoration and finishing)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,7 cm, Width: 1,3 cm, Depth: 0,5 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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This seal amulet is engraved on both sides. Side A shows a kneeling man, both arms lifted as a sign of adoration and sitting behind the hieroglyphs “nfr” (‘good, beautiful’) and the ostrich feather of the goddess Maat (‘true, just’). The figure resembles the god Ptah, who is often connected with the epithet “nfr mAat”, ‘perfect truth’, and whose depiction was especially popular on Ramessid scarabs. Side B shows a hunting scene in which a lion attacks a crocodile. To the right, again, the feather of Maat. Similar compositions as well as the engraving style suggest a date after the Ramessid Period, in the 21st dynasty.