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Lion hunt scarab of Amenhotep III

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Blue glaze; struck by Amenhotep III to announce his feat of having hunted and slain 102 lions in the first ten years of his reign.


Said to be from Thebes (Gurna). 1904: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe for £50. (Accession date: 1904)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390–1353 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 7.1 x 5 x 2.6 cm (2 13/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed steatite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids