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Scarab

Scarab

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Deir el-Bahari (found)

  • Date:

    c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition with impressed inscription

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Egypt Exploration Fund.

  • Museum number:

    656-1905

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This piece was one of many items deposited during the New Kingdom at the mortuary temple of Deir el-Bahari, as a votive offering in the Hathor shrine within the temple complex. The turquoise colour typical of glazed composition was considered appropriate for this goddess, one of whose Epithets was 'Lady of Turquoise'.

Physical description

Green glazed composition scaraboid in the form of a seated frog, with eyes glazed in red. The scaraboid is on a round base, pierced longitudinally to be mounted on a ring or necklace, today mounted to a wooden block with wire running through the suspension loop. The base of the scaraboid bears an impressed inscription, surrounded by a single line.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Deir el-Bahari (found)

Date

c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition with impressed inscription

Marks and inscriptions

Phrase or utterance
nfr mAa.t
Maat is beautiful (if to be read as a coherent inscription)

Truth; beauty (if to be read as independant signs)

Dimensions

Length: 0.9 cm, Height: 0.9 cm

Object history note

Found at Deir el-Bahari, 1904-5 excavation season.

Descriptive line

Frog scaraboid, green glazed composition, Deir el-Bahari, Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty Eighteen

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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