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Scarab with 'anra' inscription
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05361
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab with 'anra' inscription
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1295 / -1069
  • Period20th dynasty (Egypt > New Kingdom)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,8 cm, Width: 1,3 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 four uraei on both sides of an oval with hieroglyphs. It is a sequence without meaning, an alternation between the mouth “r” and the “n” sign. Even though only two types of signs are present, this combination assigns the scarab to the so-called anra-type, which was particularly popular during the Middle Bronze Age II (ca. 1700-1550). However, the morphology of the scarab points to a much younger date: this scarab is an example of the archaic production of the Ramessid Period (19th-20th dynasty).