A lovely white steatite Egyptian scarab complete with the royal cartouche of Thutmosis III featuring the syllabic hieroglyphs for ‘Men Kheper Re’, his throne name. Around the cartouche are other hieroglyphs, including symbols representing the feather of Maat and a Senet board – a board game played in Ancient Egypt. The scarab is pierced at both ends to allow for suspension.
Not all scarabs bearing a royal name are contemporaneous to the ruling pharaoh. Some kings were held in particularly high regard, and thus their name appears on scarabs hundreds of years after their reign. Thutmosis III of Dynasty XVIII was particularly honoured in this way, with his praenomen, Men-kheper-re, used on scarabs for a period of circa 1000 years as a metaphor for good luck and plenty.
Date: Circa 1200-500 BC