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Scarab with inscribed name, possibly Khian

Scarab of white steatite; front end broken. Base inscribed with a cartouche, possibly to be read as an odd spelling of the throne name of Dynasty 15 Hyksos ruler Khian (Siusirenre). A bee-sign appears above the cartouche; another sign below. All are flanked by scroll designs. Pierced.


By 1966: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; given by Horace L. Mayer to the MFA December 14, 1966.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, about 1630–1539 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids