Egyptian Steatite Scarab Dedicated to Sekhaenre

GBP 695.00

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Object Description

A glossy, brown hardstone Egyptian scarab with stylised head and incised hieroglyphs to the reverse. The obverse features a simplified head and clypeus, with slight indentations to indicate the humeral callosities. To the reverse is a central vertical band of hieroglyphs which form the nomen of King Sekhaenre. To the top are the two signs ‘nefer’ and ‘ntr’, which translates as ‘perfect god’. Following below these two signs is a round sun disk, a linear sign described as a ‘door knob’, rays of sun over the hills, an outstretched arm and hand, and a final undulating water ripple. Visually such signs are hard to distinguish from their description, but they would transliterate as ‘s ḫꜥ n rꜥ’. With added vowels this would be written Sekhaenre. As is usual with scarab cartouches, the sun disk does not appear at the end of the list but rather at the top.

The scarab has been pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1805–1780 BC
Period: Second Intermediate Period

Object History

Ex private UK collection, Mr. DP, formerly acquired from a London dealership, BL, from 2004-2012.

Object Condition

Very fine condition to the obverse and reverse. Small dent to the obverse.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:1.1 x H:1.7 centimeters

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By appointment only.

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The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
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