18th Dynasty, c. 1390-1352 BC. Egyptian. Steatite scarab of Amenhotep III. Well modelled scarab design on one side complete with detailed legs, and hieoglyphs on the rear; the right columns says ‘ntr-nfr nb-mAat-ra di ankh’ meaning ‘the perfect god Neb-Ma’at-Ra (Amenhotep’s throne name, in the cartouche), given life’. The left column says ‘Hmt nswt wrt ankh.ti’ meaning ‘the Great Royal Wife (i.e. Tiye, Amenhotep’s chief queen), may she live’. Amenhotep III and Tiye were one of the most accomplished royal couples in Egyptian history, leading Egypt through a golden age of prosperity, international power, and monumental construction.
Size: L:30mm / W:20mm ; 10g
Provenance: Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.
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