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Scarab seal of dull sage-green, likely steatite; slight traces of blue-green glaze. Schematic back type with incised detail, including v-notches. Base inscribed (but rough) with two vertical cartouches. Pierce lengthwise for suspension. Somewhat battered condition.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, likely Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.

Dimensions

Length x width: 3.2 x 2.2 cm (1 1/4 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.938

Medium or Technique

Steatite?

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids