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Scarab with monkeys shaking palm tree
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05388
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab with monkeys shaking palm tree
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Unknown
  • Date-1295 / -715
  • Period22nd dynasty (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialFaience (Earth > Clay > Ceramics > Earthenware)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,9 cm, Width: 1,4 cm, Depth: 0,9 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The ancient Egyptians sometimes use the data palm as a symbol for the word ‘year’ (“rnpt”). The monkeys can also have the phonetic value “nfr” (‘good, beautiful’). The scene can thus be ‘translated’ in ‘good year’, a hidden new year’s wish. Scarabs with similar compositions date from the 19th-22nd dynasty.