Scarab of Thutmose III Mounted in Ring
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
The reigns of Hatshepsut through Thutmose IV represent a transitional phase in Eighteenth Dynasty art.
At first, artists continued to favor simple, elegant forms common earlier in the dynasty, but eventually they developed elaborate, highly detailed designs that dominated the dynasty’s final decades. Under Amunhotep II and Thutmose IV, for example, craftsmen increased the use of a soft, pastel blue pigment that had been invented during the reign of Thutmose III. Potters also molded vessels in human and animal form, and artisans rediscovered the Middle Kingdom fascination for colorful stones such as red carnelian.
Art historians consider the scarabs (beetleshaped amulets) of this era among the finest ever made. Figure Vase of Woman Holding Dog
Steatite, glaze, gold
ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Gold ring with green glazed steatite scarab set in a gold swivel bezel. The base of the scarab has the name Menkherperre written upon it twice.
Condition: Glaze on the scarab worn in spots. Small nicks in the gold.
Scarab of Thutmose III Mounted in Ring, ca. 1479-1425 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, gold, 1 1/16 × 15/16 in. (2.7 × 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.720E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.720E_erg456.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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