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White steatite "a-n-r" scarab, with schematic back and base inscribed with the letters "a-n-r" repeated in a cartouche border. Dating to the Hyksos period, scarabs with this type of inscription appear to have served a magical or amuletic function, as the hierglyphs are otherwise...

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Provenance

By 1967: Horace L. Mayer (d. 1968) collection; given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer December 1, 1967.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 15, 1648–1540 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 1.2 x 1.5 x 2.3 cm (1/2 x 9/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

67.1129

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids