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Scarab with the god Heh
  • CollectionCollection Egypt
  • Research projectsGlypcol
  • Inventory numberE.05701.4
  • Object nameStamp seal
  • TitleScarab with the god Heh
  • CultureEgyptian
  • GeographyPlace of production: Egypt (Africa > North Africa)
    Place of discovery: Sanam (Africa > North Africa > Sudan > Al-Wasta (region) > White Nile (province))
  • Date-747 / -656
  • Period25nd dynasty and contemporaries (Egypt > Third Intermediate Period)
  • MaterialSteatite (mineral) (Stone > Mineral)
  • DimensionsHeight: 1,8 cm, Width: 1,3 cm, Depth: 0,9 cm
  • OwnerMusées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire / Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
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The base of this scarab shows the god of eternity, Heh, kneeling with two palm branches (“rnp”, ‘year’) in his hands. He sits on the hieroglyph “nb” (V30) and above his head we see the solar disk “ra” (N5). This expresses the wish for ‘a million years (for Ra)’. Though this motif already appears on scarabs in the 18th dynasty, the engraving points to a dating in the 25th dynasty.