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Scarab seal with name of Amenhotep III

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Scarab seal of blue faience with glaze. Back type is somewhat naturalistic and carries "v-notches" that suggest a date in Dynasty 18. Base carries incised hieroglyphic text spelling a royal name, Neb-Maat-Re (Nb-MAat-Ra, Amenhotep III). Pierced lengthwise for suspension.


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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390–1352 B.C.


Width x length: 3 x 4 cm (1 3/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids