Large White Steatite Scarab with Royal Cartouche

GBP 200.00

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Object Description

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

Object Condition

Very fine with some earthly encrustations, the details of the hieroglyphs are very clearly visible.

Object Details

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Trent Park Equestrian Centre
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St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James
London
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